a string or lace for fastening a shoe.

Origin of shoelace

First recorded in 1640–50; shoe + lace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shoelace

thread, cord, tie, rope, thong, band

Examples from the Web for shoelace

Contemporary Examples of shoelace

Historical Examples of shoelace

  • Casey nervously undid a shoelace, retieing it with meticulous care.


    Charles Goff Thomson

  • You can thank your lucky stars that your shoelace came untied.

  • While Urquhart was playing his shoelace became loosened, and he stooped to tie it.

  • Rick balanced on one leg, one hand on Scotty's shoulder, the other hand fumbling with the shoelace on his lifted foot.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • She moved impatiently, so that the shoelace slipped out of his hand, and he had to begin all over again.

    The Good Comrade

    Una L. Silberrad

British Dictionary definitions for shoelace



a cord or lace for fastening shoes
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Word Origin and History for shoelace

1640s, from shoe (n.) + lace (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper