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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The fitted part of a dress that extends from the waist to the shoulder.
  • noun A woman's laced outer garment, worn like a vest over a blouse.
  • noun Obsolete A corset.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sort of inner stays or corset, laced in front, worn by women, and sometimes by men: also called a pair of bodies, or a bodies.
  • noun An outer laced garment, covering the waist and bust, worn by women in some European styles of costume, often as an ornament.
  • noun More generally, the close-fitting waist or body of a gown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of under waist stiffened with whalebone, etc., worn esp. by women; a corset; stays.
  • noun A close-fitting outer waist or vest forming the upper part of a woman's dress, or a portion of it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist, lacking sleeves or with detachable sleeves.
  • noun A woman's blouse-like garment, especially with European folk dress.
  • noun The upper portion of a one- or two-piece dress, in distinction to the skirt and sleeves.
  • noun archaic A kind of under waist stiffened with whalebone, etc., worn especially by women; a corset; stays.

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

  • noun part of a dress above the waist

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of bodies, pl. of body.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bodies, plural of body ("upper part of a dress")

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