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



    BrE BrE//leɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//leɪs//
    Parts of clothing
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a delicate material made from threads of cotton, silk, etc. that are twisted into a pattern of holes a lace handkerchief a tablecloth edged with lace lace curtains see also lacy See related entries: Parts of clothing
  2. 2[countable] = shoelace Your laces are undone.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French laz, las (noun), lacier (verb), based on Latin laqueus ‘noose’ (also an early sense in English). Compare with lasso.Extra examples a machine for knitting lace a silk dress trimmed with lace He’s still a bit young to tie his own laces. to tie/​untie your laces/​shoelaces
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lace