- a small, triangular piece of material inserted into a shirt, shoe, etc., to improve the fit or for reinforcement.Compare godet(def 1), gore3(def 1).
- Civil Engineering. a plate for uniting structural members at a joint, as in a steel frame or truss.
- Also called voider.an area of mail backed with cloth, for defending the armpits or areas at joints.
- a small piece of plate armor at the armhole of a cuirass; pallet.
Origin of gusset
Related Words for gussetjoint, hem, pleat, closure, coupling, tuck, union, juncture, connection, suture, gore, junction, bond, gusset
Examples from the Web for gusset
Historical Examples of gusset
Sometimes the sleeve and gusset are all in one piece; at other times they are separate.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
This offers as much resistance as a gusset and is more quickly done.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
Can any one tell me what proportion the gusset bears to the whole shirt?
I asked what proportion the gusset bore to the whole of the shirt.
It was a splendid rod, just right for him; how he wished he was up above Gusset Weir at that moment!The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's
Talbot Baines Reed
- an inset piece of material used esp to strengthen or enlarge a garment
- a triangular metal plate for strengthening a corner joist between two structural members
- a piece of mail fitted between armour plates or into the leather or cloth underclothes worn with armour, to give added protection
- (tr) to put a gusset in (a garment)
Word Origin for gusset
Word Origin and History for gusset
early 14c., from Old French gosset "armpit; piece of armor for the armpit" (13c.), apparently from gousse "shell of a nut," of unknown origin. Originally an armorer's term; of clothing from 1560s.