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

  • n. A small bouquet of flowers worn at the shoulder or waist or on the wrist.
  • n. The bodice or waist of a dress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The size or shape of a person's body.
  • n. The waist or bodice of a lady's dress.
  • n. A small bouquet of flowers, originally worn attached to the bodice of a woman's dress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The waist or bodice of a lady's dress.
  • n. a flower or small arrangement of flowers worn by a person as a personal ornament. Typically worn by women on special occasions (as, at a ball or an anniversary celebration), a corsage may be worn pinned to the chest, or tied to the wrist. It is usually larger or more elaborate than a boutonniere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (kôr′ sā˙j). The body.
  • n. The body or waist of a woman's dress; a bodice: as, a corsage of velvet.

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

  • n. an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present


Middle English, torso, from Old French, from cors, body, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cors ("body") + -age. (Wiktionary)



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