[ ahy-lid ]

  1. the movable lid of skin that serves to cover and uncover the eyeball.

Origin of eyelid

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at eye, lid

Words Nearby eyelid

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How to use eyelid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for eyelid


/ (ˈaɪˌlɪd) /

  1. either of the two muscular folds of skin that can be moved to cover the exposed portion of the eyeball: Related adjective: palpebral

  2. Also called: clamshell aeronautics a set of movable parts at the rear of a jet engine that redirect the exhaust flow to assist braking during landing

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