[ guhs-it ]
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  1. 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).

  2. Civil Engineering. a plate for uniting structural members at a joint, as in a steel frame or truss.

  1. Armor.

    • 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

1375–1425; late Middle English <Old French gousset, derivative of gousse pod, husk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for gusset


/ (ˈɡʌsɪt) /

  1. an inset piece of material used esp to strengthen or enlarge a garment

  2. a triangular metal plate for strengthening a corner joist between two structural members

  1. a piece of mail fitted between armour plates or into the leather or cloth underclothes worn with armour, to give added protection

  1. (tr) to put a gusset in (a garment)

Origin of gusset

C15: from Old French gousset a piece of mail, a diminutive of gousse pod, of unknown origin

Derived forms of gusset

  • gusseted, adjective

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