eye letting


a small hole, usually round and finished along the edge, as in cloth or leather for the passage of a lace or cord or as in embroidery for ornamental effect.
a lightweight fabric pierced by small holes finished with stitching and often laid out in flowerlike designs.
a metal ring for lining a small hole; grommet.
an eyehole in a wall, mask, etc.
Also, oillet, oyelet, oylet. (in medieval architecture) a small aperture in a wall used as a window or loophole.
a small eye.
verb (used with object), eyeleted or eyeletted, eyeleting or eyeletting.
to make an eyelet in.
to insert metal eyelets in.

1350–1400; Middle English oillet < Old French oillet, equivalent to oill eye (< Latin oculus; see ocular) + -et -et; influenced by eye

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eyelet (ˈaɪlɪt)
1.  a small hole for a lace or cord to be passed through or for a hook to be inserted into
2.  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.  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.  fabric decorated with such work produced by machine
6.  a small eye or eyelike marking
7.  (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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Word Origin & History

"small hole," M.E. oilet, from M.Fr. oeillet, dim. of oeil "eye," from L. oculus (see eye). Spelling influenced by eye.
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