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[guhs-it] /ˈgʌs ɪt/
a small, triangular piece of material inserted into a shirt, shoe, etc., to improve the fit or for reinforcement.
Compare godet (def 1), gore3 (def 1).
Civil Engineering. a plate for uniting structural members at a joint, as in a steel frame or truss.
  1. Also called voider. an area of mail backed with cloth, for defending the armpits or areas at joints.
  2. a small piece of plate armor at the armhole of a cuirass; pallet.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French gousset, derivative of gousse pod, husk Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gusset
  • Good for granite: breathable, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon and an inseam gusset.
  • Calf leather lining in the heel and ankle area and a leather tongue and gusset grip the feet snugly to ensure a great fit.
  • Inseam gusset and center back hem slits for mobility.
  • The side-elastic waistband and gusset detail give you room to move.
  • The gusset plate was digitized from shop drawings to generate the dimensions.
  • Their connections are secured with riveted gusset plates.
  • Connecting gusset plates can be designed with notches that will tear out with the member.
  • Slotted tubes with all-around welding of gusset plate will not be permitted.
  • The gusset plates should be bolted to the girder web in regions of high tension stress range.
  • The gusset plate thicknesses and overall size are well below typical gussets used currently.
British Dictionary definitions for gusset


an inset piece of material used esp to strengthen or enlarge a garment
a triangular metal plate for strengthening a corner joist between two structural members
a piece of mail fitted between armour plates or into the leather or cloth underclothes worn with armour, to give added protection
(transitive) to put a gusset in (a garment)
Derived Forms
gusseted, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gousset a piece of mail, a diminutive of gousse pod, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gusset

early 14c., from Old French gosset "armpit; piece of armor for the armpit" (13c.), apparently from gousse "shell of a nut," of unknown origin. Originally an armorer's term; of clothing from 1560s.

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