gus·​set ˈgə-sət How to pronounce gusset (audio)
: a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement
: a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge)
gusset transitive verb

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Examples of gusset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the gussets are made with polyester and polyurethane film. Daley Quinn, Verywell Health, 13 Sep. 2023 Available in five colors and sizing up to 3X, these briefs are also equipped with other comfort-enhancing features, including features like an easy-to-use pull-on closure, a non-dig waistband, and a cotton gusset at the crotch. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The gusset is extra wide providing ample flexibility in the ankle. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 5 Sep. 2023 They are constructed from a stretchy and comfortable Lycra Xtra Life and nylon blend with a gusset designed to help prevent potential leaks. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 There's also plenty of utility with these pants, courtesy of the gussets on the front pockets for tools and two deep pockets for even more gear. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 28 July 2023 They're also designed with a gusset crotch to allow freer movement and to minimize rubbing and chafing. Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 11 July 2023 This one is of the latter category, touting a fashionable build with sleek pockets and gussets with hidden magnetic snaps. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 4 Aug. 2023 An elastic leg and back gussets help prevent leaks. Lorraine Wilde, Treehugger, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gusset was circa 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Gusset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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gus·​set ˈgəs-ət How to pronounce gusset (audio)
: a usually triangular or diamond-shaped insert (as on a bridge) to give width or strength
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