verb (used with object), tas·seled, tas·sel·ing or (especially British) tas·selled, tas·sel·ling.
verb (used without object), tas·seled, tas·sel·ing or (especially British) tas·selled, tas·sel·ling.
Origin of tassel
Related Words for tasselridge, perimeter, outskirts, edge, periphery, verge, hem, skirt, brink, panache, tuft, plume, crown, feather, comb, hogback, aigrette, chine, mane, cockscomb
Examples from the Web for tassel
Historical Examples of 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
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
Word Origin 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.