Definition of corselet in English:



  • 1historical A piece of armour covering the trunk.

    • ‘I lay in the arms of a man dressed in the Macedonian army corselet and tunic I knew so well.’
    • ‘His upper body was encased in a corselet, and a belt about his waist held a sheathed shortsword.’
    • ‘Other commanders wore bright cloaks or gold-inlaid corselets to insure their recognition on the battlefield.’
    • ‘Placed on the bench above each retainer, his crested helmet, his linked corselet and sturdy spear shaft were plainly to be seen…’
    • ‘Aeneas casts a spear and it pierces his shield and corselet going into his thigh.’
  • 2

    variant spelling of corselette


Late 15th century: from Old French corslet, diminutive of cors ‘body’.