Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leather thong or strap used to fasten a shoe or sandal on the foot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thong or cord, especially one used to fasten a shoe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The string that fastens a shoe; a shoestring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The strap or thong by which a shoe or sandal is fastened.
  • n. A fish, Trigla cuculus, of the family Triglidæ, found on the west coast of Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leather strap or thong used to attach a sandal or shoe to the foot

Etymologies

Middle English lachet, from Old French lacet, lachet, from lace, lace; see lace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lachet, variant of lacet, diminutive of laz ("lace"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The latchet was the thong by which the sandal was bound on the foot.

    The New Testament Commentary Vol. III: John

  • The idolon exhibisces the seals of his orders: the starre of the Son of Heaven, the girtel of Izodella the Calot-tica, the cross of Michelides Apaleogos, the latchet of Jan of

    Finnegans Wake

  • None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • His claim being admitted and registered, his Royal Highness having placed his foot upon a cushion, the Baron of Bradwardine, kneeling upon his right knee, proceeded to undo the latchet of the brogue, or low-heeled Highland shoe, which our gallant young hero wears in compliment to his brave followers.

    Waverley

  • And I have been told, upon a sentinel at Rome, as he stood to guard the temple, burned the latchet of his shoe, and did no other harm; and several silver candlesticks lying in wooden boxes, the silver was melted while the boxes lay untouched.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Blessed be life and earth and sky, blessed be my enemies; in this hour I will be gracious to my bitterest enemy, and bind the latchet of his shoe ...

    Pan

  • And then a cry comes down, and she nods; Axel, maybe, or maybe the hill-folk, devils — anyway, something to sniff and scent and find — to worm out the meaning of it all, the wisdom of the Almighty with the dark and the forest in the hollow of His hand — and He would never harm Oline, that was not worthy to unloose the latchet of His shoes ...

    The Growth of the Soil

  • Who had a blind faith in the lofty destiny of his friends? who extolled them with pride? who championed them with angry vehemence? who was innocent of envy as of vanity? who was ready for the most disinterested self-sacrifice? who eagerly gave way to men who were not worthy to untie his latchet? ...

    A Sportsman's Sketches

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