aglet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aglet ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
    • n aglet metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets
    • Aglet (Haberdashery) A round white staylace.
    • Aglet A tag of a lace or of the points, braids, or cords formerly used in dress. They were sometimes formed into small images. Hence, “aglet baby” (Shak.), an aglet image.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The plastic tips on shoelaces are called 'aglets'
    • n aglet A tag or metal sheathing of the end of a lace, or of the points (see point) or ribbons generally used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to fasten or tie dresses. They were originally intended simply to facilitate the passing of the ends through the eyelet-holes, as in modern shoelaces and stay-laces, but were afterward frequently formed of the precious metals, carved into small figures, and suspended from the ribbon, etc., as ornaments (whence Shakspere's phrase “an aglet-baby,” which see); and they are still so used in the form of tagged points or braid hanging from the shoulder in some military uniforms, now officially styled aiguillettes. Also written aigulet.
    • n aglet In botany, a pendent anther; also, a loose pendent catkin, as of the birch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An 'aglet' is the plastic or metal tip of a shoelace.
    • n Aglet ā′glet the tag or point of the lace or string by which different parts of dress were fastened together, orig. to facilitate passing through the eyelet-holes, afterwards themselves ornamental, like Shakespeare's aglet-baby, and still surviving in the so-called aiguillettes or tagged points of braid hanging from the shoulder in some military and naval uniforms: a technical name for white stay-laces.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aiguillette, point, tagged point, dim. of aiguilee, needle, fr. LL. acucula, for acicula, dim. of L. acus, needle, pin; cf. OF. agleter, to hook on. See Acute, and cf. Aiguillette
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. aiguillette, dim. of aiguille, a needle—from L. acucula = acicula, dim. of acus, a needle.

Usage

In poetry:

Thy garters fringed with the golde,
And silver aglets hanging by,
Which made thee blithe for to beholde
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British