Definitions

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

  • noun The chest of a human.
  • noun A woman's breast or breasts.
  • noun The part of a garment covering the chest or breasts.
  • noun The security and closeness likened to being held in a warm familial embrace.
  • noun The chest considered as the source of emotion.
  • adjective Beloved; intimate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The breast; the subclavian and mammary regions of the thorax of a human being; the upper part of the chest.
  • noun That part of one's clothing which covers the breast; especially, that portion of a shirt which covers the bosom, generally made of finer material than the rest.
  • noun The inclosure formed by the breast and the arms; hence, embrace; compass; inclosure: as, to lie in one's bosom.
  • noun The breast as the supposed abode of tender affections, desires, and passions.
  • noun . Inclination; desire.
  • noun Something regarded as resembling or representing in some respect the human bosom as a sustaining surface, an inclosed place, the interior, the inmost recess, etc.: as, the bosom of the earth or of the deep.
  • noun A recess or shelving depression around the eye of a millstone.
  • Of or pertaining to the bosom, either literally or figuratively.
  • To inclose, harbor, or cherish in the bosom; embrace; keep with care; cherish intimately.
  • To conceal; hide from view; embosom.

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

  • transitive verb To inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.
  • transitive verb To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.
  • noun The breast of a human being; the part, between the arms, to which anything is pressed when embraced by them.
  • noun The breasts of a woman.
  • noun The breast, considered as the seat of the passions, affections, and operations of the mind; consciousness; secret thoughts.
  • noun Embrace; loving or affectionate inclosure; fold.
  • noun Any thing or place resembling the breast; a supporting surface; an inner recess; the interior.
  • noun The part of the dress worn upon the breast; an article, or a portion of an article, of dress to be worn upon the breast.
  • noun obsolete Inclination; desire.
  • noun A depression round the eye of a millstone.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the bosom.
  • adjective Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved.

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

  • noun The part of a dress etc. covering the chest; a neckline.
  • adjective In a very close relationship.
  • verb To enclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.
  • verb To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.

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

  • verb hide in one's bosom
  • noun either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
  • noun a close affectionate and protective acceptance
  • verb squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
  • noun the locus of feelings and intuitions
  • noun cloth that covers the chest or breasts
  • noun the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept
  • noun a person's breast or chest

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English bōsm.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English bōsm. Cognate with Dutch boezem, German Busen. From Proto-Indo-European *bheu-ə- (“to swell, bend, curve”), whence also Albanian buzë ("lip"), Romanian buză ("lip"), Irish bus ("lip"), and Latin bucca ("cheek").

Examples

  • I don't know's he's what you call a bosom friend, and, as for his sleepin 'nights -- well, I never heard he couldn't do that, after he went to bed.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

  • I have been bathing in the clear stream, at the end of my garden; the same stream in which I laved my careless bosom at thirteen; an idea which gave me inconceivable delight; and the more, as my bosom is as gay and tranquil at this moment as in those dear hours of chearfulness and innocence.

    The History of Emily Montague

  • Then at intervals in a remote part of the enchanted grove, a delightfull thrill came through the bosom from the roll of the fife and the "spirit stirring Drum".

    Letter 35

  • The bosom is back, apparently, thanks to Mad Men's buxom star.

    Big breasts are the new small breasts

  • In North America and some countries in Europe, exposing the bosom is shockingly natural compared to Korea.

    Global Voices in English » Korea: Things that might surprise you in North America

  • No man knows what the wife of his bosom is - no man knows what a ministering angel she is - until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world.

    The Wife, by Washington Irving.

  • No man knows what the wife of his bosom is - no man knows what a ministering angel she is - until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • In youth the bosom is beautifully high, arched and rounded, firm as stone to the touch, with the nipples erect and pointing outwards.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then the thing that I bear in my bosom is not a heart;

    Vigils

  • And she touched the little dark violets pinned on her thin bosom and went back to the letter.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

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  • True, madam; those who have most virtue in their mouths, have least of it in their bosoms.

    Goldsmith, She Stoops, II

    January 10, 2007