One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A spray of flowers worn pinned to a woman's clothes.
bouquet, bunch, posy, nosegayView synonyms
- ‘Perhaps best known as a corsage flower for a prom, wedding, or other special occasion, a gardenia also makes a great gift as a potted plant.’
- ‘The homecoming corsages wilt and disintegrate but the yearbooks, in all their forms, hang around for a lifetime reminding us all of the worst and the best of those adolescent years.’
- ‘A modest corsage or arrangement of flowers from your own garden is much more meaningful than an expensive purchase from the floral shop.’
- ‘Mark was in the florist shop, picking out a series of flowers to place in a corsage.’
- ‘The eyes had been shadowed and the lips painted, the corsages had been attached, the flowers admired and the chocolates eaten.’
- ‘The corsage is on, dinner reservations are made, picture appointments are scheduled, and of course, you're wearing the perfect dress.’
- ‘These large flowers are exquisite and unique for corsages.’
- ‘I even had a red flower corsage tied around my wrist!’
- ‘As for flowers, a small corsage you can pin on her coat gives you a reason to be face to face with her for several seconds at meeting.’
- ‘The church people gave out corsages to the mothers, and of course the flower pinned to the leaf was an orchid.’
- ‘Roy adjusted the pedals of the corsage's bright yellow flower until they were just perfect.’
- ‘And at Christmas all the waitresses wore corsages.’
- ‘All that was missing was the corsage, and he almost felt guilty for not bringing one.’
- ‘Maryann wore a wrist corsage and the other bridesmaids had posies of roses.’
- ‘The boutonnières, corsages and bouquet were all yellow roses, just blooming, to match the bridesmaids' gowns.’
- ‘I wouldn't mind a quiet guy who gave me nice corsages.’
- ‘I ran down my list of things to get: got the flowers and corsages, got a ride, and got my outfit.’
- ‘Quietly, he reached into a box and pulled out a corsage, a lotus flower, and pinned it to the strap of Diana's dress.’
- ‘We know we deserve to be met at our flat, perhaps given a corsage, before we step out.’
- ‘The proper way for the corsage to be worn is the flower going upward and the stems down.’
2The upper part of a woman's dress.
- ‘In fact, it would've been a Lion gala dress had it had a lace corsage and black trimming…’
- ‘The satin tablier in front was gracefully draped with white tucked Brussels net, and the corsage was made high to the throat and ruched at the neck.’
- ‘She was dressed in a fancy, long dress with a tight-looking corsage, and was holding an umbrella on one hand and apparently the same locket they had found on the other.’
Early 19th century (in corsage (sense 2)): French, from Old French cors ‘body’, from Latin corpus.
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