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Aiglet

Definition: a small plastic or metal sheath typically used on each end of a shoelace, cord, or drawstring.

Pronunciation: AG-lit

Origin

This rareky used noun is dated back to the mid-15th century and stems from the Middle French aiguillette meaning needle.

Why this word?

Originally, an aiglet is a small metal tag or a lace meaning to make it easier to thread through the eyelet-holes, but nowadays, aiglets are mainly those little plastic things we have in the ends of our shoelaces. We all love them, we hate it when they break but most of us don’t know the word for it; so here it is- aiglets.

How to use the word aiglet?

Aiglet is a noun, representing the small little plastic cover making it easier on you to, well… Tie your shoelace.

“Oh my god, I’m so sorry I’m late; one of my aiglets broke and it took me an hour to tie my shoelace!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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