• WordNet 3.6
    • n eyelet fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
    • n eyelet a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eyelet A metal ring or grommet, or short metallic tube, the ends of which can be bent outward and over to fasten it in place; -- used to line an eyelet hole.
    • Eyelet A small hole or perforation to receive a cord or fastener, as in garments, sails, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eyelet A small aperture; specifically, a small round hole worked round the edge like a buttonhole, used in dressmaking, sailmaking, and the like. Also eyelet-hole.
    • n eyelet A metallic ring designed to be placed in a perforation called an eyelet-hole, in cloth, leather, etc., for the passage of a lace, cord, or small rope; also, a similar ring used for fastening together sheets of paper, etc. It is made as an extremely short tube, the edges of which are pressed over and outward so as to clasp the material to which it is applied.
    • n eyelet In entomology: A small eye or ocellate spot; a small spot with a central dot of another color.
    • n eyelet An ocellus or simple eye.
    • eyelet To furnish or fasten with an eyelet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Eyelet a small eye or hole to receive a lace or cord, as in garments, sails, &c.: a small hole for seeing through: a little eye
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. œillet, dim. of œil, eye, fr. L. oculus,. See Eye, and cf. Oillet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éage; cf. Goth. augo, Ger. auge, Dut. oog, Ice. auga.


In literature:

Most of those pipes were made with eyelet-holes, to admit the water.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
Easily recognized, with its many pockets and numberless eyelets.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
I seem to recollect that it had two gold rimmed eyelet holes for a cord and tassle.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
In the merchant service all buntlines are generally passed through an eyelet-hole in the sail, and clinched round its own part.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was worked entirely in flat satin stitch and eyelet holes, known as the "bird's eye" pattern.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
This will make twenty-five eyelets at each end.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
There are nails, shanks to strengthen the arch of the shoe, metal shanks to the buttons, and eyelets.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
It should be fastened at the back, with hooks and eyelet holes.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
Olive drab drill, inside seams reinforced with leather, eyelets in crown for ventilation, detachable ties.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
I would use a piece of brown wrapping paper and two little metal eyelets.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills

In news:

Get the Festival Girl look with Free People s sleeveless eyelet tunic, $108, in ivory.
Creating eyelets by hand is also demonstrated.
Dressed in a short-sleeved shirt, long pants and sneakers, angler Dan Morgan carefully threaded his line through the eyelets of his fly rod in a parking lot next to the Old Erie Canal , just outside of Chittenango.
I took two sparklers , poked one through the eyelets of each sneaker, lit them, and began running around the yard.
Stands among one of several aisles of eyelet transfer presses.
This undated publicity photo provided by courtesy of Opening Ceremony shows a black bamboo jersey Eyelet Tank ($150) and white wool and padded mesh Cutout Trouser ($250) from Yoko Ono's new menswear collection.
(pewter screw brad) Eyelet Outlet Stickers: (grid fabric.
He reels frantically forward, shaking , until the disengaged fly is stuck to the top eyelet.
Punch a 1/8-inch hole in each tag , place eyelets through the holes, and adhere them to the red tag .
Black eyelets fasten them to the large shipping tag .
When it comes to dressing for the transition from summer to fall, the new rule is there aren't many rules any more -- other than putting away linen and seersucker and eyelet until Memorial Day.