American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A close-fitting undergarment, often reinforced by stays, worn to support and shape the waistline, hips, and breasts.
- n. A medieval outer garment, especially a laced jacket or bodice.
- v. To enclose in or as if in a corset.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the middle ages, a close-fitting body-garment. The term seems to have been always applied to a garment having skirts and sleeves, but may have been used for the upper part, or what might be called the bodice of such garments. In this sense also
- n. A similar garment stuffed and quilted to form a garment of fence; a piece of armor, similar to the gambeson, worn by crossbowmen and foot-soldiers about 1475.
- n. A shaped, close-fitting body or waist, usually made of quilted satin jean, stiffened by strips of steel or whalebone, and so designed as to admit of tightening by lacing, worn chiefly by women to give shape and support to the figure; stays. Often in plural, corsets.
- To inclose in a corset.
- n. A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust.
- v. transitive To enclose in a corset; to wear a corset.
- v. figuratively To restrict or confine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the Middle Ages, a gown or basque of which the body was close fitting, worn by both men and women.
- n. An article of dress inclosing the chest and waist worn (chiefly by women) to support the body or to modify its shape; stays.
- v. To inclose in corsets.
- n. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
- v. dress with a corset
- From Old French corset, from cors ("body") (modern French corps + -et. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, bodice, from Old French, diminutive of cors, body, from Latin corpus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I mean, seriously -- a duck in a corset is a duck with its wings bound to its sides and its feet smooshed to its belly.”
“But a real custom made overbust corset is an expensive thing.”
“The corset is by Mayfaire Moon, and the hat is by ViolentBelle.”
“A corset is not sexy principally because it emphasizes a woman's secondary sexual characteristics.”
“A corset is sexy because it emphasizes the differences between a woman and a man -- where "man" should be read in the deprecated meaning of "human being.”
“THe corset is often blamed for causing the death of every Victorian woman that ever lived, but not everyone wore them.”
“Maybe they are so angry because their corset is too tight, or was not fitted right.”
“50 Mrs. Trollope, writing in 1832, tells of a young German gentleman of perfectly good manners who offended one of the principal families by having pronounced the word corset before the ladies of it.”
“A young German gentleman of perfectly good manners, once came to me greatly chagrined at having offended one of the principal families in the neighbourhood, by having pronounced the word corset before the ladies of it.”
“Before that, there was the horribly uncomfortable and unhealthy corset, also invented by a woman (the invention of the corset is attributed to Catherine de Médicis, wife of King Henri II of France.”
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