1. having a lace that is laced up as a closure: a lace-up blouse.

Origin of lace-up

First recorded in 1830–40; noun and adj. use of verb phrase lace up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for lace up

lace up

  1. (tr, adverb) to tighten or fasten (clothes or footwear) with laces
adjective lace-up
  1. (of footwear) to be fastened with laces
noun lace-up
  1. a lace-up shoe or boot
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Word Origin and History for lace up



1831, originally of boots, from lace (v.) + up.

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