Definition of bodice in English:



  • 1The close-fitting upper part of a dress, covering the chest and back above the waist.

    • ‘Georgian women wear long, floor-length gowns, with a tight bodice and long sleeves ending at the waist.’
    • ‘Both dresses employed exquisite embroidery work at the bodice and had long sleeves with lace.’
    • ‘The dress was a dark cerise velvet, tight over the bodice and in the sleeves, before flaring out into a luxurious skirt with as many intricate gold stitches and folds as the sea has waves.’
    • ‘Women's attire consists of solid-colored or polka-dot dresses with tightly fitted bodices and flounced skirts and sleeves.’
    • ‘She was still dressed in the bodice of the gown, the remaining fabric clinging to her due to a thin mist of sweat.’
    • ‘Today, she had chosen a modest blue dress with tiny bits of lace at the bodice, sleeves, and hem.’
    • ‘They wore ivory duchess satin dresses with embroidered bodices and crystal tiaras.’
    • ‘Though he still retained his broad shoulders and flat pectorals, curves had been created by a tightly laced corset and the bodice of a blue dress with thick brocade.’
    • ‘She came behind the screen and laced the bodice of the dress.’
    • ‘I pulled away the belt that was crossed across the bodice of my shift dress, and tugged the shift over my head.’
    • ‘The dress had an embroidered bodice that was light purple with white embroidered butterflies that were defiantly doing something eldritch.’
    • ‘Hats and boots and long dresses and laced bodices.’
    • ‘Her dress was white, the bodice and waist tight, the skirt flaring and settling loosely around her.’
    • ‘The bodice of the dress had a low square neckline and came to a V at the back.’
    • ‘The bride wore an ivory strapless satin dress with a sweetheart bodice, shoulder-length veil, full skirt and long train embroidered with baby pearls and sequins.’
    • ‘Women wear full black dresses with embroidered bodices and lace bonnets.’
    • ‘Somehow I had ended up on the floor, sputtering and crying, the whole bodice of my dress no longer attached to the sleeves revealing the bodice of my under garments.’
    • ‘She finished her meal and changed again into fresh undergarments and a deep claret-colored full dress with a low-cut bodice and tight sleeves.’
    • ‘The dress was tight at the waist and the bodice was decorated with black lace from the waistline up to the low neckline.’
    • ‘Hazel wore a medieval-styled dress with a gold-braced bodice, gold chiffon sleeves and a gold train.’
    1. 1.1historical A sleeveless, close-fitting waist-length garment, typically lacing up in the front, worn over a dress or blouse or as underwear.
      • ‘It was of solid light blue silk, with an embroidered panel along the front of the bodice.’
      • ‘Both made her heart squeeze tighter, even as she drew the underskirts over her head and tied the laces in the front of the bodice.’
      • ‘Police this week revealed a corset-style bodice found in Milly's bedroom may have been worn or handled by her killer.’
      • ‘He moved his hands underneath her shirt quickly pulling it over her head revealing a black silk bodice.’
      • ‘The bodice was corseted with thick, black ribbon and the sleeves were split and bunched at the elbows with matching ribbon.’
      • ‘The bodice laced up in the front with cream-colored ribbon, which tied off at the waist.’
      • ‘The bodice was corseted and tied all the way down the front with black ribbon and it was separated enough just to show a little bit of skin.’
      • ‘So Sibyl proceeded to begin undoing her bodice and chemise.’
      • ‘She ordered her dream bodice and corset outfit in March, and was expecting it to arrive from Australia at the end of July.’
      • ‘At the bottom of the trunk she found a set of white undergarments including lacy petticoats and a full corseted bodice.’
      • ‘So sleepily had Chloe's thoughts turned that it was only when Agatha was tying the last strings of her bodice when she remembered that she was to go on a quest with Sir Alaric that day.’
      • ‘In the ‘Pelt’ paintings, Finley airily outlined bodices, thongs, brassieres, garter belts and fasteners.’
      • ‘The boned bodice and corset are becoming increasingly popular and can be found in many local shopping malls.’
      • ‘His hands wandered up and down her back, until one went slowly around to her front, and began slowly unlacing her bodice.’
      • ‘With a funny little sigh that was half a laugh, he moved on to the buttons along the front of my bodice, fingers stumbling over them as if he'd rather be undoing them rather than buttoning them up.’
      • ‘Ribbons and lace bedecked the front of the satin bodice, with nothing but a little lace around the legs and a big bow in the back for a skirt.’
      • ‘Laya tugged at the strings of her bodice tightly, scowling.’
      • ‘Bows of all types from embroidered bows on necklines to traditional tied bows on corset style bodices will feature often, especially in knits.’
      • ‘Tight black bodices were laced up the front, and the necklines were very low.’
      • ‘She'd spent countless hours in front of the sewing machine with Jeri, piecing together her corseted bodice and matching skirts.’


Mid 16th century (originally bodies): plural of body, retaining the original pronunciation. The term probably first denoted an undergarment, then known as a pair of bodice, although this sense is not recorded until the early 17th century.