Definition of gusset in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡəsət/


1A piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen or enlarge a part of it, such as the collar of a shirt or the crotch of an undergarment.
Example sentences
  • Features include underarm gussets, back sweat patch, and reinforced contrast color twill taping at split side vents.
  • The zippered shirt incorporates underarm gussets, cuff stretch fabric, and a turtleneck collar.
  • If you're a plus-size, become an expert at enlarging patterns, changing darts, or the myriad ways to add to garments such as gussets, pleats, etc.
1.1A bracket strengthening an angle of a structure.
Example sentences
  • Note that this bike is plenty tough, too; the frame, with its beefy head-tube gussets, should shrug off impacts from between-class curb hops.
  • Davesport manufactures custom plates and gussets for many applications.
  • State transportation officials say damage seen on the bridge's gussets might have been caused by the collapse.



Example sentences
  • The integrated lacing system ensures a secure fit and the gusseted tongue keeps out debris and other unpleasantries from invading your shoes, which is always a good thing.
  • Each of the three models has an all-new, fully gusseted ZR9000 aluminum frame with a two-inch lower stand-over height and new windowed dropouts with integrated disc mounts.
  • They look as new as the day I got them in the mail, and they performed like a champ, what with gusseted crotch and reinforced knees.


Late Middle English: from Old French gousset, diminutive of gousse 'pod, shell', of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: gus·set

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