tas·​sel | \ ˈta-səl How to pronounce tassel (audio) , usually of corn ˈtä-, ˈtȯ- \

Definition of tassel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dangling ornament made by laying parallel a bunch of cords or threads of even length and fastening them at one end
2 : something resembling a tassel especially : the terminal male inflorescence of some plants and especially corn


tasseled or tasselled; tasseling or tasselling\ ˈta-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tassel (audio) \

Definition of tassel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to adorn with tassels

intransitive verb

: to put forth tassel inflorescences

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Examples of tassel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Make a tassel with gold thread by wrapping gold string around one hand several times. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "13 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Nov. 2020 The gold tassel earrings were generously lent to us by Neil Lane for use in the scene with Lenore and Mildred meeting for tea in the lobby of her San Francisco hotel. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Jewelry Secrets of Ryan Murphy’s Ratched," 12 Oct. 2020 Locklear took a photo of her daughter's framed picture, which had a 2020 pink graduation cap tassel affixed over the top and was positioned next to a bouquet of matching pink flowers. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Heather Locklear Celebrates Daughter Ava's 23rd Birthday: 'My Favorite Person Ever'," 4 Oct. 2020 In addition to the classic black calf hair a la the Duchess of Sussex, Heritage Collection also comes in three additional looks: a camouflage print in calf hair, a leopard print in calf hair, and a suede black style with a leopard print tassel. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Birdies Just Brought Back Meghan Markle's Favorite Style," 29 Sep. 2020 This understated pillow comes in three neutral shades and features all-around tassel trim that adds a touch of interest to a classic shape. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "23 throw pillows to make your couch more comfortable—and fun," 1 Sep. 2020 Teens can create tassel bookmarks at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. NOLA.com, "Celebrate the power of a St. Tammany library card," 24 Aug. 2020 In the quick clip, IvyZed is heard laughing uncontrollably at the fact that rather than wear her cap like a normal high schooler, Serena instead chose to simply tie her tassel to her hair and forgo the cap altogether. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "A Gossip Girl Fan Just Exposed the Show's Funniest Fashion Moment on TikTok," 22 Aug. 2020 Although the square hat has a centuries-old legacy, new cap traditions are popping up across the U.S. Roughly 100 years ago, students began moving their tassel from the right side of their cap to the left after they were conferred. National Geographic, "Why do graduates wear those square hats?," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a typical year, Illinois farmer Rodney Weinzierl’s corn would be more than 9 feet tall by now and a week away from tasseling. Lynn Brezosky, ExpressNews.com, "Beef prices not expected to jump because Midwest flooding," 21 June 2019 Ganni’s beaded polka-dot bag would pair just as well with a slinky cocktail dress or vintage jeans, ditto Hunting Season’s tasseled cross-body. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Goodbye, Box Bags! These Evening Pouches Are Perfect for Your Holiday Parties," 15 Nov. 2018 The cape includes white ribbons on both shoulders, a large gold tasseled rope connecting both sides, and—the best part—a black velvet hat with an oversized ostrich feather, according to People. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Other standouts include La Double J’s architectural and frond-laden teacups and saucers, and Gucci’s tasseled throw pillow embroidered with a panther’s piercing gaze. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "MatchesFashion.com Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Perhaps with some punchy pool floats (that won’t make your Instagram followers roll their eyes), or a Jenni Kayne tasseled hammock? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "16 Poolside Accessories to Brighten Summer Parties," 15 June 2018 Corn needs about 1 inch of water a week, particularly when the stalks begin to tassel. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 Melosh, on the other hand, paid for the graduationcap, gown and tassel herself. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Want to participate in your graduation from an Arizona university? It will cost you," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tassel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for tassel


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

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“Tassel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tassel. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


tas·​sel | \ ˈta-səl How to pronounce tassel (audio) \

Kids Definition of tassel

1 : a hanging ornament (as on clothing) made of a bunch of cords of the same length fastened at one end
2 : the male flower cluster on the top of some plants and especially corn

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