tor·​sade tȯr-ˈsäd How to pronounce torsade (audio) -ˈsād How to pronounce torsade (audio)
: a twisted cord or ribbon used especially as a hat ornament

Examples of torsade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jewel, a torsade of rubies and emeralds and pearls, had been purchased years earlier. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2020

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Word History


French, from tors twisted, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *torsus, alteration of Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of torsade was in 1872

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“Torsade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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