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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Definitions for aglet

  1. a metal 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).

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Citations for aglet
One of the aglets at the end of his shoelace contained a highly compressed irritant agent, primarily Chloroacetophenone—a mild but smoky form of tear gas. Tom Clancy, Balance of Power, 1998
"The aglet," I said. “And the little metal ring that reinforces the rim of the eyelet through which the aglet passes. We're doing the physics of language, Shay." Don DeLillo, Underworld, 1997
Origin of aglet
late Middle English
1400-1450
Aglet is derived from the Middle French word aiguille meaning "needle."