tassel


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tas·sel

 (tăs′əl)
n.
1. 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.
2. Something that resembles such an ornament, especially the pollen-bearing inflorescence of a corn plant.
v. tas·seled, tas·sel·ing, tas·sels or tas·selled or tas·sel·ling
v.tr.
To fringe or decorate with tassels.
v.intr.
To put forth a tassellike inflorescence. Used especially of corn.

[Middle 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.]

tassel

(ˈtæsəl)
n
1. (Furniture) a tuft of loose threads secured by a knot or ornamental knob, used to decorate soft furnishings, clothes, etc
2. (Botany) anything resembling this tuft, esp the tuft of stamens at the tip of a maize inflorescence
vb, -sels, -selling or -selled, -sels, -seling or -seled
3. (tr) to adorn with a tassel or tassels
4. (Botany) (intr) (of maize) to produce stamens in a tuft
5. (tr) to remove the tassels from
[C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin tassellus (unattested), changed from Latin taxillus a small die, from tālus gaming die]
ˈtasselly adj

tas•sel

(ˈtæs əl)

n., v. -seled, -sel•ing (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. n.
1. a pendent ornament consisting of a bunch of threads, cords, or other strands hanging from a roundish knob.
2. something resembling this, as at the top of a stalk of corn.
v.t.
3. to furnish or adorn with tassels.
v.i.
4. (of corn) to put forth tassels.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French tas(s)el fastening for cloak < Vulgar Latin *tassellus, b. Latin tessella, diminutive of tessera die for gaming, and taxillus, diminutive of tālus with same sense]

tassel


Past participle: tasselled
Gerund: tasselling

Imperative
tassel
tassel
Present
I tassel
you tassel
he/she/it tassels
we tassel
you tassel
they tassel
Preterite
I tasselled
you tasselled
he/she/it tasselled
we tasselled
you tasselled
they tasselled
Present Continuous
I am tasselling
you are tasselling
he/she/it is tasselling
we are tasselling
you are tasselling
they are tasselling
Present Perfect
I have tasselled
you have tasselled
he/she/it has tasselled
we have tasselled
you have tasselled
they have tasselled
Past Continuous
I was tasselling
you were tasselling
he/she/it was tasselling
we were tasselling
you were tasselling
they were tasselling
Past Perfect
I had tasselled
you had tasselled
he/she/it had tasselled
we had tasselled
you had tasselled
they had tasselled
Future
I will tassel
you will tassel
he/she/it will tassel
we will tassel
you will tassel
they will tassel
Future Perfect
I will have tasselled
you will have tasselled
he/she/it will have tasselled
we will have tasselled
you will have tasselled
they will have tasselled
Future Continuous
I will be tasselling
you will be tasselling
he/she/it will be tasselling
we will be tasselling
you will be tasselling
they will be tasselling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tasselling
you have been tasselling
he/she/it has been tasselling
we have been tasselling
you have been tasselling
they have been tasselling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tasselling
you will have been tasselling
he/she/it will have been tasselling
we will have been tasselling
you will have been tasselling
they will have been tasselling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tasselling
you had been tasselling
he/she/it had been tasselling
we had been tasselling
you had been tasselling
they had been tasselling
Conditional
I would tassel
you would tassel
he/she/it would tassel
we would tassel
you would tassel
they would tassel
Past Conditional
I would have tasselled
you would have tasselled
he/she/it would have tasselled
we would have tasselled
you would have tasselled
they would have tasselled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tassel - adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one endtassel - adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
sword knot - an ornamental tassel on the hilt of a sword
Translations
شُرّابَه
střapec
kvast
bojt
skúfur
kutassu kutais
pušķītis

tassel

[ˈtæsəl] Nborla f

tassel

[ˈtæsəl] n (on garment, furniture, lamp)pampille f

tassel

nQuaste f, → Troddel f

tassel

[ˈtæsl] nnappa, fiocco

tassel

(ˈtӕsəl) noun
a decoration, consisting of a hanging bunch of threads tied firmly at one end and loose at the other end, put eg on a cushion, a hat, a shawl etc.
ˈtasselled adjective
decorated with tassels. a tasselled hat.
References in classic literature ?
Among the musical disciples who assembled, one evening in each week, to receive his instructions in psalmody, was Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer.
She bent a blade of grass, and set an insect on the utmost tassel of it, and wondered if the insect realised his strange adventure, and thought how strange it was that she should have bent that tassel rather than any other of the million tassels.
Above his motionless figure the little cord and tassel on the stiff point of the hood swung about inanely in the gale.
If you go down for five shillings to look at the 'College Youths,' you may see one sneaking down the court without a tassel to his cap; another with a gold or silver fringe to his velvet trencher; a third lad with a master's gown and hat, walking at ease over the sacred College grass-plats, which common men must not tread on.
I had often wondered how it was that Sir Oliver had such a very short tail; it really was only six or seven inches long, with a tassel of hair hanging from it; and on one of our holidays in the orchard I ventured to ask him by what accident it was that he had lost his tail.
acquiesced Laurie, with an expression of humility quite new to him, as he dropped his eyes and absently wound Jo's apron tassel round his finger.
If all the great plain from the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains had been under glass, and the heat regulated by a thermometer, it could not have been better for the yellow tassels that were ripening and fertilizing the silk day by day.
Do you remember, Sedley, what a fury you were in, when I cut off the tassels of your Hessian boots, and how Miss--hem
Ask for Lantern Yard, father--ask this gentleman with the tassels on his shoulders a-standing at the shop door; he isn't in a hurry like the rest," said Eppie, in some distress at her father's bewilderment, and ill at ease, besides, amidst the noise, the movement, and the multitude of strange indifferent faces.
Little mounds of yellowish green were away at the right, while on the left waved a group of tall leafy trees bearing yellow blossoms that looked like tassels and pompoms.
It is still very easy to believe in fairies when you see those goblin lanterns glimmering among the fir tassels.
Then we shall see," Stepan Arkadyevitch said to himself, and getting up he put on a gray dressing-gown lined with blue silk, tied the tassels in a knot, and, drawing a deep breath of air into his broad, bare chest, he walked to the window with his usual confident step, turning out his feet that carried his full frame so easily.