taille

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See also: Taille and taillé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French taille (cut, noun).

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taille (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A form of taxation levied on the land of peasants in pre-Revolutionary France.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 143:
      The main royal tax was the taille, a tax on landed wealth, distributed among the généralités and assessed and levied in a variety of ways, and it was supplemented by a range of other direct taxes [...].
  2. (obsolete) A tally; an account scored on a piece of wood.
    • Chaucer
      Whether that he paid or took by taille.
  3. (music, obsolete) The tenor voice or part.
  4. (music, obsolete) The part for the tenor viol or viola.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French

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taille f, m (plural tailles, diminutive tailletje n)

  1. waistline

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tailler (to cut, verb). Compare Italian taglia.

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Noun[edit]

taille f (plural tailles)

  1. the act of cutting, pruning, trimming
  2. size
  3. waist
  4. waistline
  5. a direct tax levied during the Ancien Régime; tallage

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