gus·​set | \ ˈgə-sət How to pronounce gusset (audio) \

Definition of gusset

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

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Examples of gusset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for spring 2021, Nicolas Ghesquière made a powerful statement about fashion’s genderless future, with a Louis Vuitton collection filled with expandable gusset blazers and wide-leg trousers worn by models of all genders. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Top Fashion Moments of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Chic-yet-functional, this bag features a gusset-snap closure and a nylon exterior and is large enough to house a 13-inch laptop. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "These best-selling Tory Burch bags just got a serious price cut," 26 June 2020 Attach each gusset to the legs with glue and No. 6 x 2 ½- inch wood screws. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Own Workshop Sawhorse," 28 Mar. 2020 Underarm gussets on the garment also allow improved freedom of movement and the Covert fleece grew streamlined for fall by reducing bulk and seams and offering a minimalistic aesthetic. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making an Arc'teryx Jacket," 24 May 2019 Additionally, the perimeter was reinforced by four or more inches of metal in place behind the windshield header and gussets were added to the bottom rear corner of each door to keep them from moving. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Custom Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Convertible Looks Just How You'd Picture It," 6 Jan. 2020 Always be careful to look for a gusset in any fitted bottom garment and buy in the right size to avoid camel toe discomfort. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Are the Best Pants for Lifting Weights?," 13 Dec. 2018 Even the brands that have tried their hand at active underwear tend to include cotton gussets in their designs, which are, to spare you the details, simply unsanitary. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Quo’s Active Underwear Is So Genius, You’ll Wonder How You Lived Without It," 24 Aug. 2018 Attach each gusset to the legs with glue and No. 6 x 2 ½- inch wood screws. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gusset

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gusset

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

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The first known use of gusset was circa 1570

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11 Jan 2021

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“Gusset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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