a long, strong lace used to fasten a boot.
British. a shoelace.

Origin of bootlace

First recorded in 1930–35; boot1 + lace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bootlace

Historical Examples of bootlace

  • He has had a bootlace and a packet of needles already this week.

    Three Men on the Bummel

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • The enclosed token was a lock of hair tied up with the end of a bootlace.

    Rich Relatives

    Compton Mackenzie

  • They see everything, from a knot in your bootlace to the gold-filling in your teeth.


    William McFee

  • Had one eyes, the tying of a bootlace is the reflection of the soul.

    The Author's Craft

    Arnold Bennett

  • "Perfectly," replied the other with his bootlace in his teeth.

    The Ball and The Cross

    G.K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for bootlace



a strong lace for fastening a boot
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