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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tassel 1

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Examples of tassel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maximalists might enjoy Oscar de la Renta beaded tassel earrings and charm necklaces for 30 percent off. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2022 As each student in blue and yellow robes stood to turn the tassel of their caps from right to left, signifying the transition from student to graduate, Shaw lifted and turned hers, too. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 12 June 2022 Penny placed the mortarboard with a blue and yellow tassel on top of her daughter’s ink-black hair. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Meanwhile, a slab of Boston mackerel, adorned with a tassel of grilled ramps and garlic-chive flowers, was crackly-skinned and deliciously fatty in a way that evoked pork. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 His tassel flipped from right to left, his name called from the podium and the grip-and-grin snapshot with Calvin University's president taken, James Sturdivant slowly sank back into his seat among his fellow college graduates. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 Other character references incorporated into the collection include the yellow moiré inspired by Penelope Featherington and the tassel loafers and jacquard slippers inspired by the suave Anthony Bridgerton. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 16 Mar. 2022 And also the painstaking intricate nature of it, from a record cover to a tassel fringe…. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2022 On a recent day, at her studio on Mott Street, in New York, Meiselas showed me a pair of closeup photos—one black-and-white, one color—of a pelvis covered by a triangle of bikini bottom, a tassel hanging from the crotch. Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From work to weekend, the soft, flowy dress is all about the details, like blouson sleeves and tassel ties at the split neck. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 5 Apr. 2016 Melosh, on the other hand, paid for the graduationcap, gown and tassel herself. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, 28 Mar. 2018 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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