Definition of aglet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaɡlət/ /ˈæɡlət/


  • A metal or plastic tube fixed tightly around each end of a shoelace.

    ‘The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.’
    • ‘And that the ends of our shoelaces are called aglets.’
    • ‘A random search by CFO magazine recently uncovered E-tail sites hawking pipe cleaners, arugula seeds, and aglets (those little plastic things on the ends of shoelaces).’
    • ‘These function somewhat like the aglets on the ends of shoelaces that keep them from unraveling.’
    • ‘The simplest way to create an aglet is to wind two or three layers of adhesive tape around the end.’


Late Middle English from French aiguillette ‘small needle’, diminutive of aiguille (see aiguille).