What are the plastic things on the end of shoelaces called?

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The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets or aiglets. The term originates from the Old French word "aguillette," which is the diminutive form for the word meaning "needle."

Aglets are a simple device with an important function. They prevent the shoelaces from unraveling and becoming hard to thread through the shoe eyelets. Modern aglets are generally made of plastic and formed directly on the shoelace, though in the past they were made of metal that was crimped onto the lace. Plastic aglets are not really a replaceable item. However, in times past, people could visit a shoemaker to have new aglets crimped onto their laces.

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The little plastic things on shoelaces are called aglets.
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I actually had a teacher who used that as a bonus question once. It's called an "AGLET". No joke. http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?so… Here's some other words
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The plastic thing on the end of a shoelace is called an "aglet".
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The plastic or metal sleeves at the end of shoelaces are called Aglets, from Old French "aguillette" meaning needle.
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The stiff section at the end of a shoelace, often tipped with metal or plastic, is called an aglet.
Aglets function to keep the shoelace from unravelling, as well as making the lace easier to feed through the shoe's eyelets.
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