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tassel

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

Definition of tassel

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

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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


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tassel

verb

Definition of tassel

tasseled or tasselled; tasseling or tasselling \-s(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
: to adorn with tassels
intransitive verb
: to put forth tassel inflorescences

First Known Use of tassel

14th century


TASSEL Defined for English Language Learners

tassel

noun

Definition of tassel for English Language Learners

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

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


TASSEL Defined for Kids

tassel

noun tas·sel \ ˈta-səl \

Definition of tassel for Students

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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