Definition of bosom in English:



  • 1A woman's chest or breasts.

    ‘her ample bosom’
    [mass noun] ‘the dress offered a fair display of bosom’
    • ‘It forgets the fact that millions of bosoms are thrust in people's faces every single day in the tabloid papers.’
    • ‘The descriptive passages when she has tea with friends, or tends her garden, or shops for blouses to fit her ample bosom are a pleasure and add a completeness to the character of Precious Ramotswe.’
    • ‘Lang had also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, with her face pressed into the bosom of a scantily-clad Cindy Crawford in what has become an iconic shot.’
    • ‘As the investigation unfolds, the torrid passion of the Victorian poets is played out before our eyes, with Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle in full period dress, eating up the screen in a flurry of heaving bosoms and trembling lips.’
    • ‘She scowled, crossing her arms beneath her ample bosom.’
    • ‘The outfits they put her in throughout this year were stellar, showing ample leg and wonderfully accenting her bosom.’
    • ‘She really does have the most wonderfully ample bosoms.’
    • ‘It seems to issue from the bosom, from a place beneath the breastbone.’
    • ‘His voice was huskier than it should have been and Birdie could feel his chest heaving against her bosom.’
    • ‘It displayed my breasts in all their glory, proudly cupping them as if they were the firmest, roundest bosoms in all the world.’
    • ‘‘Because I hate to see you so far away from me,’ she replied, pressing her bosom further into his shoulder.’
    • ‘She also has a mesmeric smile, devouring eyes, a cloud of fair hair and ‘a bosom that rose and fell in a kind of sigh’.’
    • ‘But if, as one would assume the picture came from some kind of vaudeville stage-show, that would explain the bare bosoms, but what was the significance or point of putting a ship on the lady's head?’
    • ‘He is magically deft in the conic perspective of their open bosoms; in the glazed sheen of their blonde braided hair; in spanning the capaciousness of their tumbling satin trappings.’
    • ‘From this angle, he can see the generous curve of her bosom, nicely displayed in her thin, low-cut dress.’
    • ‘The staging milks the slamming doors, heaving bosoms, and lacy handkerchiefs for all they're worth, while allowing the truly tender moments at the end of the play to resonate.’
    • ‘This must have been a problem for the Amazon warrior women in Greek history; they used to burn the right bosom off so that in battle it would not interfere with the handling of a spear or a bow and arrow.’
    • ‘Lori has this habit of wearing her coat open wide even when it's freezing out, showing off her ample bosom.’
    • ‘The neckline is low but not uncomfortably so for Rena - it displays her curving bosom without revealing too much cleavage.’
    • ‘It entered my chest and warmed my bosom, which was mostly exposed.’
    bust, chest
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    1. 1.1A part of a dress covering the chest.
      ‘she had plucked the brooch from her bosom’
      • ‘Aislinn started, the locket falling from her hand and resting on the navy cotton bosom of her dress as she whirled toward the sound.’
      • ‘At this time everything that is ordinarily done on the bosom should be done on the back.’
      • ‘Subleyras's portrait of Tibaldi made in 1739 showed his wife gorgeously dressed, with a large flower at her bosom and one of her tiny pictures in her hand.’
      • ‘The final touch to Laura's ensemble is two handkerchief-wrapped powder puffs stuffed in the bosom of her dress to improve her bust line.’
      • ‘It beats name tags hands down and ends all that nonsense of staring at each other's lapels or bosoms.’
      • ‘With a playful interest, Sibyl remembered what Bridget had done, and following her example, lowered her chest and slipped a hand beneath her bosom to raise it.’
      • ‘Both my grandmothers wore shapeless, listless, grandmotherly dresses with baggy bosoms and they donned sturdy black oxford-type shoes.’
      • ‘Her blouse is buttoned inappropriately low at the bosom.’
      • ‘In the gloaming I watch the audience scramble in, middle-aged women with puffy legs wearing tiny dresses, and see-through black silk shirts over cretonne bosoms propped up on bony rolling lacy corsets.’
      • ‘Jasmine wore an off white sleeveless shirt with brown designs across the bosom.’
    2. 1.2literary The space between a person's clothing and their chest used for carrying things.
      ‘he carried a letter in his bosom’
      • ‘He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom.’
      • ‘Genteel ladies wore little cameos of him in their bosoms; some Filipinos reportedly believed that he communicated directly with God.’
      • ‘And so, I smuggled them in by putting them in my uniform, in my bosom, so the Bowls brandy or whatever that bottle was that's round at the bottom and skinny at the top.’
      • ‘I smiled and explained what Teddy was doing nestled in my bosom.’
      • ‘South Africa, if they get over the scars of the recent past and the anguish they seem to carry in their bosom, can be that team.’
      • ‘If you plant that money in your bosom or plant it in a lockbox, it will not grow.’
      • ‘Beatrice observed this remarkable phenomenon and crossed herself, sadly, but without surprise; nor did she therefore hesitate to arrange the fatal flower in her bosom.’
      • ‘The banished nurse sat with her tiny bee-friend nestled in her bosom.’
      • ‘As he moved the dead man's arm, the Elven Captain noticed a small bundle in his bosom.’
    3. 1.3literary A person's loving care and protection.
      ‘Bruno went home each night to the bosom of his family’
      • ‘Set in New York's Dominican community, the novel begins with Iliana, youngest daughter of her family (14 of them at last count) returning to the bosom of her strict parents.’
      • ‘We celebrate with her when she is returned to the bosom of her family and her town folks, and when, one day, she climbs the steps of the U.S. Capitol to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.’
      • ‘The cathartic experience of venting the spleen at a match can return the supporter to the bosom of the family a calmer individual.’
      • ‘Eventually I made it back to the bosom of my extended family, and related my story, expecting uproarious laughter.’
      • ‘I foresee bishops seeking out token victims, clutching them to their all-too-ample bosoms, then sending them on tour round the diocese to ‘update’ the flock.’
      • ‘Apart from white knuckles and a total inability to speak whilst we were shooting some impressive-looking rapids in a small aluminium boat, we had no doubts at any time that we would return safely to the bosom of our families.’
      • ‘It seems incongruous that one so young, so fit and so honourable should be taken from the bosom of his family so suddenly, but then, all things in this life are flawed.’
      • ‘The book was taken to the bosom of America, was a No. 1 best-seller last year and is still on the best-selling lists in hardcover and paperback.’
      • ‘I returned to the bosom of my loving, supportive family and proceeded to get myself a job.’
      • ‘In the story, the central character, Nazar Chagataev, sets out from Moscow to rescue the starving nomadic nation of his own birthplace and bring it safe back to the bosom of the Party.’
      • ‘If people knew what Bob was up to, mothers would clutch their babes to their bosoms when they see him pass by, and men would make public speculations about Bob's lineage, and offer him directions to subterranean hot spots.’
      • ‘Also returning to the bosom of his family was Tod, who devoted eight years of his career to Dunfermline.’
      • ‘All this flies in the face of many right wingers who like to claim that nursery education is positively harmful to children, who should be left to be brought up in the bosom of the home.’
      • ‘It was great, therefore, to see him welcomed in to the bosom of the community like a local hero.’
      • ‘It's true that over the past two years people such as David and Victoria Beckham, Robbie Williams, model Jodie Kidd, dance duo Basement Jaxx and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have all taken Pringle to their bosoms.’
      • ‘Still, in Our Town and several others, he created archetypally American works, which the Germans, reciprocating, clutched to their bosoms.’
      • ‘I know Rowling has a ton of background in this sort of arcana, but I'm still rather skeptical that she's really making an appeal for the return of England to the bosom of Holy Church.’
      • ‘He figures that he's best playing the role of upset brother, so he'll be taken to the bosom of sympathetic sisters.’
      • ‘How did the faces of those women look like as they clasped their children to their bosoms as the heat and the smoke slowly ate through their skins and their young died in their arms screaming till they were silenced?’
      • ‘In reality, there were ‘hidden variables’, which would restore the quantum flux to the bosom of classical physics.’
      protection, heart, core, midst, centre, circle, shelter, safety, refuge
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    4. 1.4Used to refer to the chest as the seat of emotions.
      ‘quivering dread was settling in her bosom’
      • ‘You've been seeing these figures for awhile now but you have GOT to see them in graphic form to see why this rarest of sentiments, hope, has take root in my bosom.’
      • ‘The people of the village touched their hearts with both hands as the first families clasped the petals to their bosoms, feeling the pain of losing paradise, the helplessness with which they clung to their gifts.’
      • ‘Alban turned to face the taunting eyes of the old governess feeling both rage and shame rise in his bosom.’
      • ‘His late companion's chance persistency made him feel that he could not keep his crime concealed in his bosom.’
      • ‘You cannot just keep it all locked in your bosom and then say, ‘I received this nasty little letter, but it did not affect me’.’
      • ‘Ragnhildr listened intently, because something deep in her bosom told her Adeline was a liar.’
      • ‘The reason for this is that I contain the universe in my bosom.’
      • ‘With national dignity surging in his bosom, Wu flatly turned down the humiliating demand put forward by Montigny.’
      • ‘What joy rises in my bosom as I imagine gazing on that wondrous sight!’
      • ‘Writers recognise, of course, that this happy state of affairs cannot come about overnight; but in the early days, when hope is intense in their bosoms, they can see no reason why it should not be achieved by 4 p.m. next Thursday.’
      • ‘Annabelle, suspicion which was aroused quick in her bosom, had no idea of the meetings that occurred between her brother and her lady's maid.’
      • ‘The little voice inside my head that so often warned of impending danger now screamed at me to go upstairs, but the curiosity in my bosom burned so much hotter than the voice was loud.’
      • ‘He boasted to me, with a low chuckling laugh, that most men, in respect to himself, wore windows in their bosoms, and was wont to follow up such assertions by direct and very startling proofs of his intimate knowledge of my own.’
      • ‘Think of it, there are a hundred and forty-seven great works reposing in the bosoms of a hundred and forty-seven great men, and the tragic thing is that not one of those hundred and forty-seven great works will ever be written.’
      heart, breast, soul, being, inner being, core, spirit
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  • [attributive] (of a friend) very close or intimate.

    ‘the two girls had become bosom friends’
    • ‘Going back in time, I remember a boy called ‘Kappati’ Narayanan who was a bosom friend.’
    • ‘Here's the logic: Hunte and Huntley were never bosom buddies.’
    • ‘As biographer to Custer and bosom friend to ‘Jannie’ Smuts, this man had seen the world and shaped its course.’
    • ‘The Belgians are not bosom buddies, and they grew up at different ends of the country, under different tennis federations and speaking different languages.’
    • ‘For many, the next door neighbour is something of a distant figure, while others are bosom buddies with those that live closest to them.’
    • ‘With customary detachment, Hamilton became a bosom friend of Lafayette while at the same time assessing French motivations in an entirely dispassionate way.’
    • ‘Frederick the Great, the bosom friend of Voltaire, once said: ‘Religion is a fraud, but it must be maintained for the masses.’’
    • ‘None except her family and bosom friends know her true nature, as none know the true nature of Clara.’
    • ‘Jack had wanted to team up with bosom pal Lew Williams, but that was not possible because they had been allocated different Landing Craft Tanks on D-Day.’
    • ‘Two powerful leaders, neither of whom was capable of real friendship, were, the author contends, bosom buddies.’
    • ‘In fact, they were bosom pals again within 24 hours.’
    • ‘Torrance and James are bosom buddies, and unless the issue is quickly defused at a meeting on Tuesday, there will inevitably be tension when the main players collide.’
    • ‘We were pals, chums, mates and the best of bosom buddies.’
    • ‘There seemed little love lost between the two during the match but while they will probably never be bosom buddies Hulme admits he has now changed his perception of the oft-maligned Savage.’
    • ‘Sutton is not renowned for his wide circle of friends and, while he and Larsson are far from bosom buddies, his warm relationship with the Swede is telling.’
    • ‘Even when his bosom friend, Govinda, chooses to become a disciple of Lord Buddha whom both meet, Sidhartha decides to continue his journey in search of truth and realisation.’
    • ‘Kim's bosom friend Kim Si Chong was one of those Koreans who escaped from the island and came to Japan.’
    • ‘For the record, I have absolutely no bosom friends in the club and am only an interested outsider who has become increasingly depressed about the state of our supposedly top racecourse.’
    • ‘The months ahead seem rife with arduous ER shifts, lavish vacations with bosom friends and endless opportunities to glam up for nocturnal lounging.’
    • ‘Now, I have in the past been labelled a social butterfly (usually by people who don't go out much), so I did have some basis for my belief that all humanity would be my bosom friends.’
    close, boon, intimate, confidential, inseparable, faithful, constant, devoted, loving
    special, dear, good, best, fast, firm, favourite, valued, treasured, cherished
    pally, matey, chummy
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Old English bōsm, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch boezem and German Busen.