Definition of tassel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtæsl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæsl//
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a bunch of threads that are tied together at one end and hang from cushions, curtains, clothes, etc. as a decoration Word OriginMiddle English (also denoting a clasp for a cloak): from Old French tassel ‘clasp’, of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tassel