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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.
Origin of gusset
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French gousset, derivative of gousse pod, husk Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Dalness lies in Glen Etive, at a gusset of hills on either side of which lie paths known to the drover and the adventurer.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Sometimes the sleeve and gusset are all in one piece; at other times they are separate.

  • The crown sheet is here stayed by gusset stays, but if made spherical, as in Fig. 3270, the stays may be omitted.

  • It was a splendid rod, just right for him; how he wished he was up above gusset Weir at that moment!

  • Can any one tell me what proportion the gusset bears to the whole shirt?

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • The gorget is also of mail; and the gusset of mail at the armpit is left very visible by the action of the arm.

  • Making pretext to be looking for a gusset for an armor joint, I made my way near the entrance.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • One form of boiler stay, called a 'gusset stay,' is shown in fig. 8.

  • I asked what proportion the gusset bore to the whole of the shirt.

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • Flakes of pastry on the gusset of her dress: daub of sugary flour stuck to her cheek.

    Ulysses James Joyce
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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