[ tas-uhl ]
/ 藞t忙s 蓹l /
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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.
verb (used with object), tas路seled, tas路sel路ing or (especially British) tas路selled, tas路sel路ling.
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.
verb (used without object), tas路seled, tas路sel路ing or (especially British) tas路selled, tas路sel路ling.
(of corn) to put forth tassels (often followed by out).
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Origin of tassel

1250鈥1300; Middle English (noun) <Old French tas(s)el fastening for cloak <Vulgar Latin *tassellus, blend of Latin tessella (diminutive of tessera die for gaming) and taxillus (diminutive of t膩lus die for gaming). See tessellate, talus1


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How to use tassel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tassel

/ (藞t忙sl) /

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
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
(tr) to adorn with a tassel or tassels
(intr) (of maize) to produce stamens in a tuft
(tr) to remove the tassels from

Derived forms of tassel

tasselly, adjective

Word Origin for tassel

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin tassellus (unattested), changed from Latin taxillus a small die, from t膩lus gaming die
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