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

     

    cleat

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kliːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kliːt//
     
    Footwear
     
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  1. 1[countable] a small wooden or metal bar fastened to something, on which ropes may be fastened by winding
  2. 2[countable] a piece of rubber on the bottom of a shoe, etc. to stop it from slipping
  3. 3 cleats [plural] (North American English) shoes with cleats, often worn for playing sports compare football boot, spike, stud (3) See related entries: Footwear
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘wedge’): of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kloot ‘ball, sphere’ and German Kloss ‘clod, dumpling’, also to clot and clout.
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