from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavily embroidered or jeweled garment formerly worn over the chest and stomach, especially by women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who stomachs.
- n. An ornamental covering for the breast, worn originally both by men and women. Those worn by women were often richly decorated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who stomachs, in any sense of the word.
- n. A stomachic; an appetizer.
- n. A part of the dress covering the front of the body, generally forming the lower part of the bodice in front and usually projecting down into the skirt or lapping over it—the name being given to the whole front piece covering the pit of the stomach and the breast.
- n. A plaque or brooch, usually large, the name being derived from that part of the dress upon which the brooch was worn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th century
Apparently from stomach + -er, perhaps after Middle French estomachier. (Wiktionary)