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gusset

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noun gus·set \ˈgə-sət\

Simple Definition of gusset

  • : a piece of cloth usually in the shape of a triangle that is sewn into something (such as the underneath part of a sleeve) to make it wider or stronger

Full Definition of gusset

  1. 1 :  a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement

  2. 2 :  a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge)

gusset transitive verb

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Origin of gusset

Middle English, piece of armor covering the joints in a suit of armor, from Anglo-French goussete


First Known Use: circa 1570

Rhymes with gusset


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