noun Archaic.

a strap or lace used to fasten a shoe.

Origin of latchet

1300–50; Middle English lachet < Middle French, dialectal variant of lacet. See lace, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for latchet

Historical Examples of latchet

  • It's easy holding down the latchet when nobody pulls the string.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • He started from his reverie as she and the nurse approached, and lifted the latchet of the little wicket to lot them pass.

  • He put in his hand and opened the latchet, and with very little trouble got down into the room.

    Mopsa the Fairy

    Jean Ingelow

  • They held each in one hand a flaming sword, and in the other the latchet, which moved to and fro at their lightest touch.

    Dracula's Guest

    Bram Stoker

  • As to his work, he was only baptizing with water, he was not worthy to loose the latchet of his Master's shoe.

    The Great Commission

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for latchet



archaic a shoe fastening, such as a thong or lace

Word Origin for latchet

C14: from Old French lachet, from las lace
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