Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of direct royal taxation that was levied in France before 1789 on nonprivileged subjects and lands and tended to weigh most heavily on the peasants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of taxation levied on the land of peasants in pre-Revolutionary France.
  • n. A tally; an account scored on a piece of wood.
  • n. The tenor voice or part.
  • n. The part for the tenor viol or viola.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tally; an account scored on a piece of wood.
  • n. Any imposition levied by the king, or any other lord, upon his subjects.
  • n. The French name for the tenor voice or part; also, for the tenor viol or viola.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Also applied to the tenor voice and to the tenor species of wind-instruments: as, taille de basson, the tenor oboe or tenoroon.
  • In heraldry, party per bend sinister.
  • n. A Middle English form of tail, 1.
  • n. Cut as to form or figure, especially with reference to proportionate stature; build; make: used of persons, but only as a French word.
  • n. In old French law, a tax, tailage, or subsidy; any imposition levied by the king or any other lord on his subjects.
  • n. In English law, the fee or holding which is opposite to fee simple.
  • n. In dressmaking: The waist or bodice of a gown.
  • n. The style or fit of the waist or bodice of a gown. [In both senses an adaptation of the French term.]
  • n. In music, same as viola.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, division; see tail2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French taille. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The wine calendar begins in December with pruning, la taille, which is carried out at intervals until March.

    The World’s Greatest Wine Estates

  • Thus stated, if the taille as principal absorbs one-sixth of the net income of the subject of the taille, that is to say, 16 fr. 66 c. on

    The Ancient Regime

  • In France that part of the taille which is charged upon the industry of workmen and day-labourers in country villages, is properly a tax of this kind.

    II. Book V. Of the Sources of the General or Public Revenue of the Society

  • The "taille" or tallage has become the land tax; the "gabelle," the tax on salt; the "aids," the indirect contributions and the consolidated duties; the tax on trade companies and guilds, the license, &c.

    The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

  • Il me semble toutefois qu'un détail (de taille) t'a échappé Kristi ...: les bottes fourrées!

    Mode

  • Ils lisent assez facilement le français, mais la compréhension auditive est un défi de taille!

    rubrique - French Word-A-Day

  • These voices are divided into four categories; haute-contre (high tenor/male alto), taille (low tenor/lyric baritone) and basse (bass) for masculine voices, and dessus (treble) for high voices.

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau: champion of among other things, mezzos!

  • A l'égard de la taille, partie si naturelle à l'homme qu'on l'a appellée voix humaine par excellence, elle est déja bannie de nos opéra où l'on ne veut rien de naturel, & l'on peut juger que par la même raison elle ne tardera pas à l'être de toute la musique françoise.

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau: champion of among other things, mezzos!

  • Tous ces diapasons différens réunis forment une étendue générale d'à-peu-près trois octaves qu'on a divisées en quatre parties, dont trois appellées haute-contre, taille & basse appartiennent aux voix masculines, & la quatrieme seulement qu'on appelle dessus est assignée aux voix aiguës, sur quoi se trouvent plusieurs remarques à faire.

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau: champion of among other things, mezzos!

  • Il me semble toutefois qu'un détail de taille t'a échappé Kristi ...: les bottes fourrées!

    Mode

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