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a metal or plastic tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
(in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.
(def 1).
a variant of aglet
a metal sheath or tag at the end of a shoelace, ribbon, etc
a variant spelling of aiguillette
any ornamental pendant

“metal tag of a lace,” meant to make it easier to thread through the eyelet-holes, but later merely ornamental, mid-15c., from Middle French aiguillette, diminutive of aiguille “needle,” from Late Latin acucula, itself a diminutive of Latin acus “needle” (see acuity). Cf. Italian agucchia, Portuguese agulha, Spanish aguja “needle.”


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