Pronunciation: (ī'lit), [key]
—n., v., -let•ed or -let•ted, -let•ing or -let•ting.
1. a small hole, usually round and finished along the edge, as in cloth or leather for the passage of a lace or cord or as in embroidery for ornamental effect.
2. a lightweight fabric pierced by small holes finished with stitching and often laid out in flowerlike designs.
3. a metal ring for lining a small hole; grommet.
4. an eyehole in a wall, mask, etc.
5. Also,oillet,oyelet,oylet.(in medieval architecture) a small aperture in a wall used as a window or loophole.
6. a small eye.
1. to make an eyelet in.
2. to insert metal eyelets in.
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