Hessian boot
noun Date: 1809 a high boot that extends to just below the knee and is commonly ornamented with a tassel and that was introduced into England by the Hessians early in the 19th century

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  • Hessian (boot) — Hessian (from Hesse in Germany) refers to a style of boot that became popular in the 18th century. Initially used as standard issue footwear for the military, especially officers, it would become widely worn by civilians as well. The boots had a… …   Wikipedia

  • Hessian boot — noun (19th century) a man s high tasseled boot • Syn: ↑hessian, ↑jackboot, ↑Wellington, ↑Wellington boot • Hypernyms: ↑boot …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hessian boot — Hes′sian boot′ n. clo a knee high tasseled boot, fashionable in England in the early 19th century • Etymology: 1800–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • Hessian boot — noun a high tasselled leather boot, originally worn by troops from Hesse in Germany …   English new terms dictionary

  • Hessian — The term Hessian refers to the inhabitants of the German state of Hesse.Hessian may also mean: * Hessian (soldiers), soldiers from German states with in the Holy Roman Empire who fought in the American Revolutionary War and other conflicts *… …   Wikipedia

  • hessian — n. & adj. n. 1 a strong coarse sacking made of hemp or jute. 2 (Hessian) a native of Hesse in Germany. adj. (Hessian) of or concerning Hesse. Phrases and idioms: Hessian boot a tasselled high boot first worn by Hessian troops. Hessian fly a midge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hessian —   a. pertaining to Hesse; n. mercenary soldier.    ♦ Hessian boot, high tasselled boot.    ♦ Hessian fly, fly with larva harmful to wheat.    ♦ hessian, n. kind of coarse sacking …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Boot — A boot is a type of shoe that covers at least the foot and the ankle and sometimes extends up to the knee or even the hip. Most have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece.… …   Wikipedia

  • boot — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. footwear, shoe; Hessian boot; blucher, hip or jack boot; seven league boot; brogan, buskin, chukka. See clothing. v. t., slang, kick out, dismiss, give the boot. See ejection. to boot II (Roget s IV)… …   English dictionary for students

  • Hessian — Hes sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster] {Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Thackeray. {Hessian cloth}, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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