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).
- tas·sel·er; especially British, tas·sel·ler, noun
- tas·sel·ly; especially British, tas·sel·ly, adjective
- de·tas·sel, verb (used with object), de·tas·seled, de·tas·sel·ing or (especially British) de·tas·selled, de·tas·sel·ling.
- un·tas·seled, adjective
- un·tas·selled, adjective
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How to use tassel in a sentence
Standing 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, he was balding and bespectacled, fond of Balenciaga ties, silk shirts and red tassel loafers.Jack Palladino, aggressive sleuth who worked for Bill Clinton campaign, dies at 76 | Harrison Smith | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Perry discusses his upcoming execution with an aw-shucks smile; his hairline is tasseled with greasy bangs.Werner Herzog’s 'Into the Abyss' Explores the Death Penalty | Ben Crair | November 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
He liked to make disparaging jokes about attorneys in pinstripes and tasseled loafers.
And the Director left him, with his tasseled cap lying against the high chair back and the gray cat playing upon his knee.
He wore a skin tunic, now in considerable disarray, which was held in place with a woven, tasseled belt.The Time Traders | Andre Norton
Scoutmaster Estey waved his hand toward his assistant in the blue shirt and tasseled cap.A Scout of To-day | Isabel Hornibrook
A golden, netted girdle was knotted loosely about her loins, the tasseled ends of it dragging upon the floor.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet
The careless insolence of the inspectors with the green-tasseled canes at once filled him with indignation and depression.The Bright Shawl | Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for tassel
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
- tasselly, adjective
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