Pronunciation: (tāl; Fr. tä'yu),[key] —n., —pl.taillesPronunciation: (tālz; Fr. tä'yu).[key] 1. French Hist.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.
2. (in dressmaking) the waist or bodice of a garment.
3. Obs.the shape of one's body from shoulders to waist; figure; build.