1. a metal or plastic tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
  2. (in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.
  3. aiguillette(def 1).
Also ai·glet [ey-glit] /ˈeɪ glɪt/.

Origin of aglet

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French aiguillette, equivalent to aiguille needle (see aiguille) + -ette -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for aiglet


  1. a variant of aglet



  1. a metal sheath or tag at the end of a shoelace, ribbon, etc
  2. a variant spelling of aiguillette
  3. any ornamental pendant

Word Origin for aglet

C15: from Old French aiguillette a small needle
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Word Origin and History for aiglet

"metal tag of a lace," meant to make it easier to thread through the eyelet-holes, but later merely ornamental, mid-15c., from Middle French aiguillette, diminutive of aiguille "needle," from Late Latin acucula, itself a diminutive of Latin acus "needle" (see acuity). Cf. Italian agucchia, Portuguese agulha, Spanish aguja "needle."

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