[teylz; French tah-yuh] /teɪlz; French ˈtɑ yə/ (Show IPA)
French History. a tax that was levied by a king or seigneur on his subjects or on lands held under him and that became solely a royal tax in the 15th century from which the lords and later the clergy were exempt.
(in dressmaking) the waist or bodice of a garment.
Obsolete. the shape of one's body from shoulders to waist; figure; build.
1545-55; < French: literally, a cutting; see tail2