See also: lacé, láce, and łące

English

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Pronunciation

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /leɪs/
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Etymology 1

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From Middle English lace, laace, las, from Old French las, from Vulgar Latin *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. Doublet of lasso.

Noun

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lace (countable and uncountable, plural laces)

  1. (uncountable) A light fabric containing patterns of holes, usually built up from a single thread. Wp
    • c. 1620, Francis Bacon, letter of advice to Sir George Villiers
      Our English dames are much given to the wearing of very fine and costly laces.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter II, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, [] ; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, []—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. (countable) A cord or ribbon passed through eyelets in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly. Wp
    your laces are untied, do them up!
  3. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
  4. (slang, obsolete) Spirits added to coffee or another beverage.
    • 2024 July 25 (Gregorian calendar), [Joseph Addison], “THURSDAY, July 14, 2024”, in The Spectator, number (please specify the issue number); republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volumes (please either specify the issue number or |volume=I to VI), New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
      He is forced every Morning to drink his Dish of Coffee by itself, without the Addition of the Spectator, that used to be better than Lace to it.
      The spelling has been modernized.
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English lacen, lasen, from Old French lacer, lacier, lasser, lachier, from the noun (see above).

Verb

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lace (third-person singular simple present laces, present participle lacing, simple past and past participle laced)

  1. (ergative) To fasten (something) with laces.
    • 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Alma: Or, The Progress of the Mind”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], and John Barber [], →OCLC:
      When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
  2. (transitive) To interweave items.
    to lace one's fingers together
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.
    • 1895 November, Rudyard Kipling, The Second Jungle Book, London, New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., →OCLC:
      The Gond [] picked up a trail of the Karela, the vine that bears the bitter wild gourd, and laced it to and fro across the temple door.
    • 1986 April 12, Robin Lippincott, “Passionate Friendship, Old-fashioned Feminism”, in Gay Community News, page 14:
      Flanner's old-fashioned, staunch feminism runs throughout and laces together these letters.
  3. (transitive) To interweave the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
  4. (transitive) To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
  5. (transitive) To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material.
    cloth laced with silver
  6. (transitive, figuratively) To intersperse or diversify with something.
    • 1982 December 11, Frances Russell, “Economic performance buoys Pawley’s position”, in The Vancouver Sun (The Weekend Sun), Vancouver, BC, page A6:
      The throne speech opening the New Democrat government’s second legislative session Dec. 2 was a modest document featuring caution and pragmatism laced with a few tidbits of democratic socialism.
  7. (transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
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Terms derived from the noun or verb lace
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Esperanto

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Adverb

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lace

  1. wearily
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French

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Verb

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lace

  1. inflection of lacer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Galician

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Verb

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lace

  1. inflection of lazar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Latin

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Verb

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lace

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of laciō

Polish

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Noun

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lace f

  1. dative/locative singular of laka

Portuguese

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Etymology 1

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Unadapted borrowing from English lace (wig).

Pronunciation

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈlej.si/ [ˈleɪ̯.si]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈlej.se/ [ˈleɪ̯.se]

Noun

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lace f (plural laces)

  1. (Brazil) lace wig

Etymology 2

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation

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  • Rhymes: -asi
  • Hyphenation: la‧ce

Verb

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lace

  1. inflection of laçar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Romanian

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Adjective

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lace m or f or n (masculine plural laci, feminine and neuter plural lace)

  1. Obsolete form of laș.

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References

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  • lace in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN

Spanish

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Verb

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lace

  1. inflection of lazar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative