American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small bouquet of flowers worn at the shoulder or waist or on the wrist.
- n. The bodice or waist of a dress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (kôr′ sā˙j). The body.
- n. The body or waist of a woman's dress; a bodice: as, a corsage of velvet.
- n. obsolete The size or shape of a person's body.
- n. obsolete except historical The waist or bodice of a lady's dress.
- n. A small bouquet of flowers, originally worn attached to the bodice of a woman's dress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The waist or bodice of a lady's dress.
- n. a flower or small arrangement of flowers worn by a person as a personal ornament. Typically worn by women on special occasions (as, at a ball or an anniversary celebration), a
corsagemay be worn pinned to the chest, or tied to the wrist. It is usually larger or more elaborate than a boutonniere.
- n. an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
- From Old French cors ("body") + -age. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, torso, from Old French, from cors, body, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“_Ball Dresses_ of light materials are most in vogue, and are generally made of two and three skirts; as white _tulle_, with three skirts, trimmed all round with a broad, open-worked satin ribbon; the third skirt being raised on one side, and attached with a large bouquet of flowers, whilst the ribbon is twisted, and ascends to the side of the waist, where it finishes; the same kind of flowers serves to ornament the sleeves and centre of the corsage, which is also trimmed with a deep drapery of _tulle_.”
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“A large orange corsage attached to the bosom of her gown.”
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