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 ?
While Amy dressed, she issued her orders, and Jo obeyed them, not without entering her protest, however, for she sighed as she rustled into her new organdie, frowned darkly at herself as she tied her bonnet strings in an irreproachable bow, wrestled viciously with pins as she put on her collar, wrinkled up her features generally as she shook out the handkerchief, whose embroidery was as irritating to her nose as the present mission was to her feelings, and when she had squeezed her hands into tight gloves with three buttons and a tassel, as the last touch of elegance, she turned to Amy with an imbecile expression of countenance, saying meekly.
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.
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.
He was too rheumatic to be shaken hands with, but he begged me to shake the tassel on the top of his nightcap, which I did most cordially.
His eyes still linger on the tassel blue, And still the red sedan of rank appeals, But his shrunk belly scarce the girdle feels As, bowed, he crawls the Prince's Gateway through.
It may be supposed, then, Franz did not wait for a repetition of this permission, but took off the handkerchief, and found himself in the presence of a man from thirty-eight to forty years of age, dressed in a Tunisian costume -- that is to say, a red cap with a long blue silk tassel, a vest of black cloth embroidered with gold, pantaloons of deep red, large and full gaiters of the same color, embroidered with gold like the vest, and yellow slippers; he had a splendid cashmere round his waist, and a small sharp and crooked cangiar was passed through his girdle.
Above his motionless figure the little cord and tassel on the stiff point of the hood swung about inanely in the gale.
He had put on a beautiful cap with a long tassel, and was selecting one of the Other Professor's walking-sticks, from a stand in the corner of the room.
Before the corn was in tassel, he had been laid beside Benny.
he asked at last pointing to a thick bell-rope which hung down beside the bed, the tassel actually lying upon the pillow.
With its rope and tassel and his pale, thin, refined face, it made him look like an old ascetic monk.
she speculated, stopping before a gray bear, who was philosophically playing with a tassel which once, perhaps, formed part of a lady's parasol.