Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end

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Alternate forms of Tassel

Hyponyms: sword knot

Hypernyms: adornment

Origin of the word Tassel

  1. c.1300, "mantle fastener," from O.Fr. tassel "a fastening, clasp" (c.1150), from V.L. *tassellus, said to be from L. taxillus "small die or cube," a dim. of talus "knucklebone, ankle" (see talus (1)). But OED finds this doubtful and calls attention to the variant form tossel and suggests association with toss (v.). Meaning "hanging bunch of sm… more

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