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Topic: MATERIAL, TEXTILES

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: laz 'net, string', from Latin laqueus 'trap'

lace

1 noun
     
lace1
1 [uncountable]TIM a fine cloth made with patterns of many very small holes:
a handkerchief trimmed with lace
lace curtains
lace
2 [countable usually plural]DCC a string that is pulled through special holes in shoes or clothing to pull the edges together and fasten them
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