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tassel

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noun tas·sel \ˈta-səl, oftenest of corn ˈtä-, ˈtȯ-\

Simple Definition of tassel

  • : a decoration made of a bunch of strings fastened at one end

  • : a flower or group of flowers at the top of a cornstalk

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tassel

  1. 1 :  a dangling ornament made by laying parallel a bunch of cords or threads of even length and fastening them at one end

  2. 2 :  something resembling a tassel; especially :  the terminal male inflorescence of some plants and especially corn

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Origin and Etymology of tassel

Middle English, clasp, tassel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tassellus, alteration of Latin taxillus small die; akin to Latin talus anklebone, die


First Known Use: 14th century


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tassel

verb tas·sel

Definition of tassel

tasseled

or

tasselled

tasseling

or

tasselling

\-s(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to adorn with tassels

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to put forth tassel inflorescences



14th Century

First Known Use of tassel

14th century


TASSEL Defined for Kids

tassel

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noun tas·sel \ˈta-səl\

Definition of tassel for Students

  1. 1 :  a hanging ornament (as on clothing) made of a bunch of cords of the same length fastened at one end

  2. 2 :  the male flower cluster on the top of some plants and especially corn




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