[ leys ]
/ leɪs /


verb (used with object), laced, lac·ing.

verb (used without object), laced, lac·ing.

to be fastened with a lace: These shoes lace up the side.
to attack physically or verbally (often followed by into): The teacher laced into his students.

Nearby words

  1. laccadive islands,
  2. laccadive, minicoy, and amindivi islands,
  3. laccolite,
  4. laccolith,
  5. laccolitic,
  6. lace bug,
  7. lace glass,
  8. lace into,
  9. lace pillow,
  10. lace stay

Origin of lace

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, lasLatin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap

Related formslace·like, adjectivelac·er, nounre·lace, verb, re·laced, re·lac·ing.well-laced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for relace


/ (leɪs) /



See also lace into, lace up

Derived Formslacelike, adjectivelacer, noun

Word Origin for lace

C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose

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Word Origin and History for relace
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