from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small hole or perforation, usually rimmed with metal, cord, fabric, or leather, used for fastening with a cord or hook.
- n. A metal ring designed to reinforce such a hole; a grommet.
- n. A small hole edged with embroidered stitches as part of a design.
- n. A peephole.
- n. A small eye.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An object that consists of a rim and small hole or perforation to receive a cord or fastener, as in garments, sails, etc. An eyelet may reinforce a hole.
- n. A shaped metal embellishment containing a hole, used in scrapbook. Eyelets are typically set by punching a hole in the page, placing the smooth side of the eyelet on a table, positioning the paper over protruding edge and curling the edge down using a hammer and eyelet setter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small hole or perforation to receive a cord or fastener, as in garments, sails, etc.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- n. In entomology: A small eye or ocellate spot; a small spot with a central dot of another color.
- n. An ocellus or simple eye.
- To furnish or fasten with an eyelet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
- n. a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
Alteration (influenced by eye) of Middle English oilet, from Old French oillet, diminutive of oil, eye, from Latin oculus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
eye + -let. (Wiktionary)