from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tag or sheath, as of plastic, on the end of a lace, cord, or ribbon to facilitate its passing through eyelet holes.
- n. A similar device used for an ornament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of aiglet.
- n. The cover at the tip of a shoelace, to prevent it from fraying.
- n. A catkin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tag of a lace or of the points, braids, or cords formerly used in dress. They were sometimes formed into small images.
- n. A round white staylace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. In botany, a pendent anther; also, a loose pendent catkin, as of the birch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
- n. ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
Middle English, from Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille, needle, from Vulgar Latin *acūcula, from Late Latin acucula, diminutive of Latin acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)