Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French lacer, from Latin laqueare to ensnare, from laqueus
Date: 13th century
1. to draw together the edges of by or as if by a lace passed through eyelets <laces her fingers behind her head> 2. to draw or pass (as a lace) through something (as eyelets) 3. to confine or compress by tightening laces of a garment 4. a. to adorn with or as if with lace <the surrounding countryside was laced with villages and hamlets — L. C. Heinemann> b. to mark with streaks of color 5. beat, lash 6. a. to add a dash of liquor to b. to add something to impart pungency, savor, or zest to <a sauce laced with garlic> <conversation laced with sarcasm> c. to adulterate with a substance <laced a guard's coffee with a sedative> intransitive verb 1. to admit of being tied or fastened with a lace 2. to make a verbal attack — usually used with into <his boss laced into him for being late> • lacer noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French lace, laz, from Latin laqueus snare Date: 14th century 1. a cord or string used for drawing together two edges (as of a garment or a shoe) 2. an ornamental braid for trimming coats or uniforms 3. an openwork usually figured fabric made of thread or yarn and used for trimmings, household coverings, and entire garments • laced adjective • laceless adjective • lacelike adjective
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.