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

  • noun A close-fitting undergarment, often reinforced by stays, worn to support and shape the waistline, hips, and breasts.
  • noun A medieval outer garment, especially a laced jacket or bodice.
  • transitive verb To enclose in or as if in a corset.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To inclose in a corset.
  • noun In the middle ages, a close-fitting body-garment.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

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

  • transitive verb To inclose in corsets.
  • noun In the Middle Ages, a gown or basque of which the body was close fitting, worn by both men and women.
  • noun An article of dress inclosing the chest and waist worn (chiefly by women) to support the body or to modify its shape; stays.

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

  • noun A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust.
  • verb transitive To enclose in a corset; to wear a corset.
  • verb figuratively To restrict or confine.

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

  • noun a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
  • verb dress with a corset


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

[Middle English, bodice, from Old French, diminutive of cors, body, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old French corset, from cors ("body") (modern French corps + -et.


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