[teyl; French tah-yuh]
- French History. a tax that was levied by a king or seigneur on his subjects or on lands held under him and that became solely a royal tax in the 15th century from which the lords and later the clergy were exempt.
- (in dressmaking) the waist or bodice of a garment.
- Obsolete. the shape of one's body from shoulders to waist; figure; build.
Origin of taille
1545–55; < French: literally, a cutting; see tail2
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Examples from the Web for taille
And with all this the taille is exacted with military severity.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
I will have a garment reach to my taille; Then am I a minion, for I wear the new guise.The Romany Rye
It is also called by Bach, Taille de basson, or tenor of the bassoon.
Or parts are written for a viola and a taille (the tenor viol).
They want us to pay some of the taxes—the corvée or the taille.Petticoat Rule
Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
- (in France before 1789) a tax levied by a king or overlord on his subjects
C17: from French, from Old French taillier to shape; see tailor
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