An eyelet is a hole that's meant for threading a cord or lace through. When you lace up your sneakers, you pass the shoelace through eyelets in your shoes.

Many eyelets have metal rings that make it easy to put strings or cords through them, while others are simply holes punched in cloth or leather. Tarps and tents often have eyelets, as do sails on sailboats. Tiny hooks, such as the ones on dresses and undergarments, are also sometimes called eyelets. The word comes from the Old French oeillet, the diminutive of oeil, "eye," or literally "little eye." The Latin root is oculus, "eye."

Definitions of eyelet
  1. noun
    a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
    synonyms: eyehole
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    type of:
    an opening deliberately made in or through something
  2. noun
    fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
    synonyms: cringle, grommet, grummet, loop
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    type of:
    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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