Definition of grommet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡrɒmɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrɑːmɪt//
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  1. 1a small metal ring placed around a hole in cloth or leather, to make it stronger
  2. 2(British English) (North American English tube) a small tube placed in a child’s ear in order to drain liquid from it
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in nautical use in the sense ‘a circle of rope used as a fastening’): from obsolete French grommette, from gourmer ‘to curb’, of unknown ultimate origin. Current senses date from the mid 20th cent.
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