First attested in the 15th century in Central German ōse, Middle Low German ōse. Since the word is seemingly of northern origin, it may be derived via Old Saxon *ōsi, from Proto-Germanic *ansijō (“loop, handle”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ensehᵃ- (“loop, hook, handle”). Alternatively, it may be derived from the cognate of German Ohr (“ear”); compare Öhr (“eye of the needle”).
Öse f (genitive Öse, plural Ösen)
- eye (fitting consisting of a loop of a solid material, suitable for receiving a hook)
- Öse in Duden online