- any of various rings or eyelets of metal or the like.
- an insulated washer of rubber or plastic, inserted in a hole in a metal part to prevent grounding of a wire passing through the hole.
- a ring or strop of fiber or wire; becket.
- a ring having a thickness of three strands, made by forming a loop of a single strand, then laying the ends around the loop.
- a ring of fiber used as a seal or gasket, as under the head of a bolt.
- a washer or packing for sealing joints between sections of pipe.
- Military. a stiff ring of rubber or metal inside the top of a service cap, designed to keep the top of the cap stretched flat.
- a metal-bound eyelet in cloth, sometimes used decoratively, as on a garment.
- to fasten with a grommet.
Origin of grommet
First recorded in 1620–30, grommet is from the obsolete French word gromette curb of bridle < ?
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- a ring of rubber or plastic or a metal eyelet designed to line a hole to prevent a cable or pipe passed through it from chafing
- a ring of rope hemp used to stuff the gland of a pipe joint
- med a small tube inserted into the eardrum in cases of glue ear in order to allow air to enter the middle ear
- Australian informal a young or inexperienced surfer
Word Origin for grommet
C15: from obsolete French gourmette chain linking the ends of a bit, from gourmer bridle, of unknown origin
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1620s, "ring or wreath of rope," from obsolete French gromette "curb of a bridle" (Modern French gourmette), from gourmer "to curb," of uncertain origin. Extended sense of "metal eyelet" first recorded 1769.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper