- a pendent ornament consisting commonly of a bunch of threads, small cords, or other strands hanging from a roundish knob or head, used on clothing, in jewelry, on curtains, etc.
- something resembling this, as the inflorescence of certain plants, especially that at the summit of a stalk of corn.
- to furnish or adorn with tassels.
- to form into a tassel or tassels.
- to remove the tassel from (growing corn) in order to improve the crop.
- (of corn) to put forth tassels (often followed by out).
Origin of tassel
Examples from the Web for tassel
This tassel is for catching the blood and preventing it from greasing the handle.Viviette
William J. Locke
Before the corn was in tassel, he had been laid beside Benny.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
It was white cloth-covered, and trimmed with cord and tassel.
Do you mean Elizabeth March, who got the Tassel prize this year?Miss Pat at School
With sharp scissors trim the edge of the tassel which now is complete.Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving
- a tuft of loose threads secured by a knot or ornamental knob, used to decorate soft furnishings, clothes, etc
- anything resembling this tuft, esp the tuft of stamens at the tip of a maize inflorescence
- (tr) to adorn with a tassel or tassels
- (intr) (of maize) to produce stamens in a tuft
- (tr) to remove the tassels from
Word Origin and History for tassel
c.1300, "mantle fastener," from Old French tassel "a fastening, clasp" (mid-12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tassellus, said to be from Latin taxillus "small die or cube," a diminutive of talus "knucklebone, ankle" (see talus (n.1)). But OED finds this doubtful and calls attention to the variant form tossel and suggests association with toss (v.). Meaning "hanging bunch of small cords" is first recorded late 14c.