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a small hole as in cloth or leather for ornamental effect; grommet
Not to be confused with:
islet – a very small island
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a. A small hole or perforation, usually rimmed with metal, cord, fabric, or leather, used for fastening with a cord or hook.
b. A metal ring designed to reinforce such a hole; a grommet.
2. A small hole edged with embroidered stitches as part of a design.
3. A peephole.
4. A small eye.

[Alteration (influenced by eye) of Middle English oilet, from Old French oillet, diminutive of oil, eye, from Latin oculus; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) a small hole for a lace or cord to be passed through or for a hook to be inserted into
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a small metal ring or tube with flared ends bent back, reinforcing an eyehole in fabric
3. a chink or small opening, such as a peephole in a wall
4. (Knitting & Sewing) embroidery
a. a small hole with finely stitched edges, forming part of an ornamental pattern
b. Also called: eyelet embroidery a piece of embroidery decorated with such work
5. (Knitting & Sewing) fabric decorated with such work produced by machine
6. a small eye or eyelike marking
(tr) to supply with an eyelet or eyelets
[C14: from Old French oillet, literally: a little eye, from oill eye, from Latin oculus eye; see eye1]
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(ˈaɪ lɪt)

1. a small hole for the passage of a cord or lace or for decoration.
2. a lightweight fabric pierced by small holes finished with stitching, often arranged in flowerlike designs.
3. a metal ring for lining a small hole; grommet.
[1350–1400; Middle English oillet < Old French oillet, derivative of oill eye (< Latin oculus) + -et -et; influenced by eye]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eyelet - a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bareyelet - a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
boot - footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
2.eyelet - fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lineseyelet - fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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عِنِيَّه، ثَقْب في طَرَف الثَّوْب
òráîarauga; útsaumaî gat í gatasaumi


[ˈaɪlɪt] Nojete m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈaɪlɪt] nocchiello
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ai) noun
1. the part of the body with which one sees. Open your eyes; She has blue eyes.
2. anything like or suggesting an eye, eg the hole in a needle, the loop or ring into which a hook connects etc.
3. a talent for noticing and judging a particular type of thing. She has an eye for detail/colour/beauty.
to look at, observe. The boys were eyeing the girls at the dance; The thief eyed the policeman warily.
ˈeyeball noun
1. the whole rounded structure of the eye.
2. the part of the eye between the eyelids.
ˈeyebrow noun
the curved line of hair above each eye.
ˈeye-catching adjective
striking or noticeable, especially if attractive. an eye-catching advertisement.
ˈeyelash noun
one of the (rows of) hairs that grow on the edge of the eyelids. She looked at him through her eyelashes.
ˈeyelet (-lit) noun
a small hole in fabric etc for a cord etc.
ˈeyelid noun
the movable piece of skin that covers or uncovers the eye.
ˈeye-opener noun
something that reveals an unexpected fact etc. Our visit to their office was a real eye-opener – they are so inefficient!
ˈeye-piece noun
the part of a telescope etc to which one puts one's eye.
ˈeyeshadow noun
a kind of coloured make-up worn around the eyes.
ˈeyesight noun
the ability to see. I have good eyesight.
ˈeyesore noun
something (eg a building) that is ugly to look at.
ˈeye-witness noun
a person who sees something (eg a crime) happen. Eye-witnesses were questioned by the police.
before/under one's very eyes
in front of one, usually with no attempt at concealment. It happened before my very eyes.
be up to the eyes in
to be very busy or deeply involved in or with. She's up to the eyes in work.
close one's eyes to
to ignore (especially something wrong). She closed her eyes to the children's misbehaviour.
in the eyes of
in the opinion of. You've done no wrong in the eyes of the law.
keep an eye on
1. to watch closely. Keep an eye on the patient's temperature.
2. to look after. Keep an eye on the baby while I am out!
lay/set eyes on
to see, especially for the first time. I wish I'd never set eyes on her!
raise one's eyebrows
to (lift one's eyebrows in order to) show surprise.
see eye to eye
to be in agreement. We've never seen eye to eye about this matter.
with an eye to something
with something as an aim. He's doing this with an eye to promotion.
with one's eyes open
with full awareness of what one is doing. I knew what the job would involve – I went into it with my eyes open.
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References in classic literature ?
A woman with light hair, in a low dress by no means so fresh as it had been, and with a black mask on, through the eyelets of which her eyes twinkled strangely, was seated at one of the roulette-tables with a card and a pin and a couple of florins before her.
Sandwich the cauldron upper edge between the rim edges, aligning the rim and upper edge eyelets. Align the second eyelet of an upper band A piece with the first set of three aligned eyelets from the outside (staggering the band and rim will add stability to the cauldron).
John Baucher, who lives in East Belfast, came up with the idea after picking up an eyelet from a lamp-post - a remnant of the flag that had once flown there.
If you're into subtler 'KOTD' (kicks of the day), step into the white low-top Medal Toes with a rose gold eyelet.
Nothing else spells summer better than a white eyelet top and denims.
boucle blend eyelet lined curtains, PS65, woolly geo cushion, PS20, pewter desk lamp, PS50, all Next These elegant eyelet curtains will not only out the winter chill but give your room a luxurious feel too.
Plum boucle blend eyelet lined curtains, from PS65, woolly geo cushion, PS20, pewter desk lamp, PS50, all Next These elegant eyelet curtains will not only keep out the winter chill but give your living room a luxurious feel too.
I'm a fan of the sweatshirts and love the bandana eyelet choker (I wear it as a headband) and knot-kini tops, they come in baby blue and powder pink so they are girly with a street style twist.
Rnds 1 and 2 Work in patt to m, si m, work Eyelet patt (see Stitch Guide) over 2 sts, p7 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9), work Eyelet patt over 2 sts, k15 (15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19), work Eyelet patt over 2 sts, p7 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9), work Eyelet patt over 2 sts, si m, work in patt to end.
By Didi Danso Printed eyelet swimsuit PS28, Next Tropical print swimsuit PS36, Topshop Abstract plunge swimsuit PS29.50, M&S.
Blue and red halter neck swimsuit, PS35.70, Boden Black stripe two-way swimsuit, PS20, Dorothy Perkins Magicsculpt the Illusion suit, PS37.50, JD Williams The eyelet design on this swimsuit is great for an hourglass figure.
Intex Technologies has announced the launch of its first-ever Virtual Reality Cardboard - Intex EYELET, which will come bundled with the latest 4G smartphone, Aqua View today.