- 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).
Origin of tassel
Examples from the Web for tasseled
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
November 20, 2011
He liked to make disparaging jokes about attorneys in pinstripes and tasseled loafers.The Woman Who Could Nail Bush
March 26, 2009
The moon was at full and drew out the scent of the tasseled crop.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
The new arrival was in bedroom slippers and pink peignoir, her disordered hair concealed under a tasseled negligee cap.The Salamander
The corn, not yet tasseled, stood in green flexible ranks, moved by the early breeze.That Fortune
Charles Dudley Warner
The pillows were checkered and tasseled, and the usual long-pointed red woolen or worsted nightcap was placed on each.Excursions and Poems
Henry David Thoreau
Soon they were driving across a knoll and fields of tasseled corn lay before them.The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife
Ellen M. Firebaugh
- 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
Word Origin and History for tasseled
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.