From Middle English tasse (“armor plate protecting the hip”), from Old French tasse, tasche (“purse; pouch”), from Frankish *taska (“pouch”), from Proto-Germanic *taskǭ, cognate with Old High German tasca (“pouch”), German Tasche (“pocket; pouch; bag”).
tasse (plural tasses)
- (chiefly in the plural) A piece of armor for the hips and thighs: one of a set of plates (each being of one piece or segmented) hanging from the bottom of the breastplate or from faulds.
- Synonym: tasset
- 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 21:
- This included the head-piece and gorgett, the back and breast, with skirts of iron called tasses or tassets covering the thighs, as may be seen in the figures, representing the exercise of the pike, published anno 1622, by the title of the Military Art of Training; the same kind of armour was worn by the harquebusiers.
- 2022, Tim Akers, Valhellions, Baen Books, →ISBN:
- The tasse, meant only to cover the hips, was so long that its edges scraped against the floor.
From Arabic طَاس (ṭās) (a shortening of طَسْت (ṭast)), from Middle Persian tšt' (tašt), ultimately from the past participle of the Proto-Iranian verb *taš- (“to make, construct; to cut”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *tā́ćšti, from Proto-Indo-European *tḗtḱ-ti ~ *tétḱ-n̥ti, from *tetḱ- (“to create”).
tasse f (plural tasses)
- “tasse”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- plural of
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