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aglet

[ag-lit] /ˈæg lɪt/
noun
1.
a metal or plastic tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
2.
(in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.
3.
aiguillette (def 1).
Also, aiglet
[ey-glit] /ˈeɪ glɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of aglet
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French aiguillette, equivalent to aiguille needle (see aiguille) + -ette -et
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British Dictionary definitions for aiglet

aiglet

/ˈeɪɡlɪt/
noun
1.
a variant of aglet

aglet

/ˈæɡlɪt/
noun
1.
a metal sheath or tag at the end of a shoelace, ribbon, etc
2.
a variant spelling of aiguillette
3.
any ornamental pendant
Word Origin
C15: from Old French aiguillette a small needle
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Word Origin and History for aiglet
n.

"metal tag of a lace," meant to make it easier to thread through the eyelet-holes, but later merely ornamental, mid-15c., from Middle French aiguillette, diminutive of aiguille "needle," from Late Latin acucula, itself a diminutive of Latin acus "needle" (see acuity). Cf. Italian agucchia, Portuguese agulha, Spanish aguja "needle."

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