- Obs. a clasp or fibula
- an ornamental tuft of threads, cords, etc. of equal length, hanging loosely from a knob or from the knot by which they are tied together
- something resembling this; specif., the tassel-like inflorescence of some plants, as corn
Origin of tasselMiddle English from OFr, knob, knot, button from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tassellus, altered from Classical Latin taxillus, a small die (akin to talus, ankle), based on Classical Latin tessella, small cube, piece of mosaic
transitive verb-·seled or -·selled, -·sel·ing or -·sel·ling
to ornament with tassels
to grow tassels: said as of corn
- A bunch of loose threads or cords bound at one end and hanging free at the other, used as an ornament on curtains or clothing, for example.
- Something that resembles such an ornament, especially the pollen-bearing inflorescence of a corn plant.
verbtas·seled, tas·sel·ing, tas·sels, or tas·selled tas·sel·ling
To fringe or decorate with tassels.
To put forth a tassellike inflorescence. Used especially of corn.
Origin of tasselMiddle English from Old French fastening, clasp from Vulgar Latin tassellus blend of Latin tessella small die ; see tessellate . and taxillus diminutive of tālus knucklebone, ankle
- A ball-shaped bunch of plaited or otherwise entangled threads from which at one end protrudes a cord on which the tassel is hung, and which may have loose, dangling threads at the other end. Tassels are normally decorative elements, and as such one often finds them attached, usually along the bottom hem, to garments, curtains or other hangings.
- The male inflorescence of maize, which consists of loose threads with anthers on them.
- The loose hairs at the end of a braid.
- A narrow silk ribbon, or similar, sewed to a book to be put between the pages.
- (architecture) A piece of board that is laid upon a wall as a sort of plate, to give a level surface to the ends of floor timbers.
- A kind of bur used in dressing cloth; a teasel.
(third-person singular simple present tassels, present participle tasselling, simple past and past participle tasselled)
- To adorn with tassels.
- To put forth a tassel or flower.
- Maize is a crop that tassels.
From Old French tassel.