aiglet

aiglet

[ey-glit]
noun
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aglet or aiglet (ˈæɡlɪt)
 
n
1.  a metal sheath or tag at the end of a shoelace, ribbon, etc
2.  a variant spelling of aiguillette
3.  any ornamental pendant
 
[C15: from Old French aiguillette a small needle]
 
aiglet or aiglet
 
n
 
[C15: from Old French aiguillette a small needle]

aiglet (ˈeɪɡlɪt)
 
n
a variant of aglet

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aiglet
"metal tag of a lace," meant to make it easier to thread through the eyelet-holes, but later merely ornamental, mid-15c., from M.Fr. aiguillette, dim. of aiguille "needle," from L.L. acucula, itself a dim. of L. acus "needle" (see acuity). Cf. It. agucchia, Port. agulha, Sp. aguja "needle."
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