[tawr-sahd, -seyd]


a twisted cord.
any ornamental twist, as of velvet.

Origin of torsade

1880–85; < French: twisted fringe, equivalent to tors twisted (see torse) + -ade -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for torsade



an ornamental twist or twisted cord, as on hats

Word Origin for torsade

C19: from French, from obsolete tors twisted, from Late Latin torsus, from Latin torquēre to twist
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