Origin: ME < OFr aguillette, dim. of aiguille < L acula, dim. of acus, a needle: see acerose
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- A tag or sheath, as of plastic, on the end of a lace, cord, or ribbon to facilitate its passing through eyelet holes.
- A similar device used for an ornament.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille, needle, from Vulgar Latin *acūcula, from Late Latin acucula, diminutive of Latin acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.