• WordNet 3.6
    • n tassel adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tassel A kind of bur used in dressing cloth; a teasel.
    • n Tassel (Falconry) A male hawk. See Tercel.
    • Tassel A narrow silk ribbon, or the like, sewed to a book to be put between the leaves.
    • Tassel A pendent ornament, attached to the corners of cushions, to curtains, and the like, ending in a tuft of loose threads or cords.
    • Tassel (Arch) 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; -- rarely used in the United States.
    • Tassel The flower or head of some plants, esp. when pendent. "And the maize field grew and ripened, Till it stood in all the splendor
      Of its garments green and yellow,
      Of its tassels and its plumage."
    • v. t Tassel To adorn with tassels.
    • v. i Tassel To put forth a tassel or flower; as, maize tassels .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tassel A pendent ornament, consisting generally of a roundish mold covered with twisted threads of silk, wool, etc., which hang down in a thick fringe. The mold is sometimes omitted. The loose tuft terminating it may be of the finest raveled silk, or of stout twists of gold or silver wire. Tassels are frequently attached to the corners of cushions, to curtains, walking-canes, umbrella-handles, sword-hilts, etc., but are (1891) gradually passing out of use.
    • n tassel Anything resembling a tassel, as the pendent head or flower of some plants; specifically, the staminate inflorescence at the summit of the stalk of Indian corn (maize); also, locally, the bunch of so-called “silk” protruding from the top of an ear of maize.
    • n tassel In heraldry, a bearing representing a tassel, usually or. Its use as a separate bearing is derived from its constant appearance in connection with armorial mantles, robes of state, and the like.
    • n tassel Eccles., a small plate of beaten gold or silver, sometimes jeweled, sewed on the back of a bishop's glove.
    • n tassel A small ribbon of silk sewed to a book, to be put between the leaves.
    • tassel To attach a tassel or tassels to; decorate with tassels of any kind.
    • tassel To remove the tassel from (growing Indian corn), for the purpose of improving the crop. First Annual Report of Kansas Experiment Station.
    • tassel To put forth a tassel: said of trees or plants, especially of maize.
    • n tassel An obsolete form of teazel.
    • n tassel Same as tussle.
    • n tassel Same as tercel.
    • n tassel In architecture, same as torsel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tassel tas′el a hanging ornament consisting of a bunch of silk or other material: anything like a tassel: the silk or ribbon-marker of a book: a thin plate of gold on the back of a bishop's gloves
    • v.t Tassel to attach a tassel to, to ornament with tassels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., a fastening of a mantle, OF. tassel, a fastening, clasp, F. tasseau, a bracket, Fr. L. taxillus, a little die, dim. of talus, a die of a longish shape, rounded on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle bone


In literature:

The rose looks like a round purple silk tassel.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, September 1878, No. 11" by Various
A worsted tassel finishes the lower end.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
On the crown of the head of each is a red Albanian skull-cap, with a blue tassel spread out and fastened down like a star.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)" by Thomas Moore
The tassel of the blue night-cap almost imperceptibly trembled over his knees.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Low overhead hung rosy tassels from out-reaching boughs of maples.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Through the tasselled pine branches, festooned with streamers of grey moss, I could see the stars shining in the blue depths of ether.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4" by William Curtis
As he sat in the rose-colored chair, he fingered a tassel which caught back one of the curtains of the wide window.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
His head rests on a pillow, the tassels of which fall downwards towards his feet.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
It is much easier to be a brave soldier-man if they have tassels.
"A Melody in Silver" by Keene Abbott

In poetry:

Gray towers make me think of thee,
Thou girl of olden minstrelsy,
Young as the sunlight of to-day,
Silent as tasselled boughs in May!
"Looking Backward" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
And when the sunshine sets in th' corn,
The tassels green and gay,
It will not touch my father's eyes,
That are going blind, they say.
"Growing Rich" by Alice Cary
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Green slope of autumn fields,
    And soft November sun,
And golden leaves—they linger yet,
While tasselled pines new fragrance get,
    Though summer-time is done.
"Top of The Hill" by Sarah Orne Jewett
And children going through the fields at morning
Saw the unloosened waters leaping down,
And broke the hazel boughs and wore the tassels
Above their eyes--a pale and shaking crown.
"The Unloosening" by John Freeman
I heard the fresh wild breezes birr,
New budded boughs among,
I saw the deeper tinting stir
In the green tassels of the fir,
I heard the pheasant rise and whirr,
Above her callow young.
""The Earth Waxeth Old."" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Van Tassel , 75, of Mountain Home, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at a Boise care center.
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New Sewickley Township police say the girl was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel.
Tom and Wendy Van Tassell officiated the service.
The corn is starting to tassel.
You made it to DAY 7 of our crash course—but don't toss your tassels into the air just yet—our final lesson is an essential one.
That was Orion Township Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel's direction to Oxford Township regarding its questions and concerns over the numbers behind the North Oakland Transportation Authority's (NOTA) ridership.
"NOTA has nothing to hide," said Van Tassel, who chairs the transportation authority board which met Sept 15.
Van Tassel was a Jefferson native and grew up in Ashtabula.
Landrum High School senior Avereigh Blanton moves her tassel from right to left to symbolize her graduation during ceremonies held at the high school on Thursday, May 24 .
Johnny Weir's tassel, 2010 Winter Olympic Games .
She is survived by her mother, Delores Van Tassel of Franklin, N.J. A daughter, Bionca (David Cardona) Styers.
For an elegant edge, pair tassels with silk on floor pillows .
A tale of tassels, hot tottys, and tattles.