Definitions

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

  • n. Body armor, especially a breastplate.
  • n. An undergarment that is a combination of a light corset and a brassiere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Armor for the body, as, the body breastplate and backpiece taken together.
  • n. Also used for the entire suit of the day, including breastplate and backpiece, tasset and headpiece.
  • n. A tight-fitting item of clothing which covers the body and not the limbs.
  • n. A type of women's underwear, combining a bra and a girdle in one garment; a corselette
  • n. The thorax of an insect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Armor for the body, as, the body breastplate and backpiece taken together; -- also, used for the entire suit of the day, including breastplate and backpiece, tasset and headpiece.
  • n. The thorax of an insect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To encircle with or as with a corselet.
  • n. Armor for the body, in use after the perfecting of plate-armor; specifically, in the sixteenth century, the breast- and back-pieces taken together.
  • n. The breastplate taken by itself.
  • n. The complete armor of a pikeman, musketeer, etc., consisting of breast and back, gauntlets and tassets, with a morion or open headpiece.
  • n. In zoology: In entomology, the thorax of an insect; that part to which the wings and legs are attached.
  • n. In ichthyology, a zone or area of scales, larger than the rest, developed behind the head and about the pectoral fins of certain scombroid fishes, as in the tunnies, albicores, bonitos, and frigate-mackerels.
  • n. In conchology, a ridge in the hinge of bivalves with an external ligament, with which the ligament is connected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a piece of body armor for the trunk; usually consists of a breastplate and back piece

Etymologies

French, diminutive of Old French cors, body; see corset.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French corselet, from cors, an archaic spelling of corps ("body"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And we burned his body on a great pyre, with Elgiva, in her golden corselet, beside him singing.

    Chapter 17

  • The strapless corselet sheath gown with my signature décolletéstyling, made of my own Mountain Laurel white silk overlaid with handmade Breton lace that's almost as fine as what Great Aunt Edna used to make?

    Miss Edna's Lace

  • He got his harness off -- unbuckled and took off the great bronze corselet, in which be lay dead in another cave.

    In The Time Of Light

  • She picked up his corselet and buckled it on him, making him hold up his arms and kneel while she slipped it over his head.

    In The Time Of Light

  • He showed me primary-source drawings of the snake headdress, sandals, wing corselet, and transparent garment worn by Kushite royalty.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The big wrinkle on the hip is done by the piece that holds the socks up, not the corselet.

    E!: Baroquey Dokey

  • But first undo me these clasps — for I have not worn this corselet since the battle of Saint

    Quentin Durward

  • Ay, and then, Peter, this very night my courage seduced me, moreover, into too strait a corselet, which would have been the death of me, but for the aid of this gallant young gentleman, whose trade is fighting, whereof I wish him heartily joy.

    Quentin Durward

  • I will put on my head piece and corselet one day, and you shall hew at me, allowing me my broadsword to parry and pay back?

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • These vehicles, which have no counterparts nowadays, had something distorted and hunchbacked about them; and when one saw them passing in the distance, and climbing up some road to the horizon, they resembled the insects which are called, I think, termites, and which, though with but little corselet, drag a great train behind them.

    Les Miserables

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  • Railway telegraphers' shorthand for "You have our consent". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

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