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Rubber grommets.

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From obsolete French gromette (curb chain) (modern spelling gourmette).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɒm.ɪt/, /ˈɡɹʌm.ɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɑ.mɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒmɪt


grommet (plural grommets)

  1. A reinforced eyelet, or a small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce an eyelet.
  2. (nautical) A ring formed of a single strand of rope, laid in three times round, fastening the upper edge of a sail to its stay.
  3. (flags) An eyelet at the hoist end of a flag, used to fasten the flag to its halyard.
  4. (surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding) A young or inexperienced surfer, skateboarder, or snowboarder.
  5. A boy serving on a ship.


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grommet (third-person singular simple present grommets, present participle grommeting, simple past and past participle grommeted)

  1. (transitive) To insert a grommet into.
    • 1923, “American Machinist”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 58, number 23-26, page 919:
      The device takes the form of a guard for the punch presses which are used in grommeting mail bags in the process of manufacture.
    • 2007, Wil McCarthy, The Wellstone, page 225:
      There was little point in grommeting the hole, since the wrapping was already as rigid and tough as its invisibility permitted.
  2. (transitive) To fasten using a grommet.
  3. (intransitive) To apply grommets.