Definition of bodice in English:



  • 1The part of a woman's dress (excluding the sleeves) which is above the waist.

    • ‘Hats and boots and long dresses and laced bodices.’
    • ‘I pulled away the belt that was crossed across the bodice of my shift dress, and tugged the shift over my head.’
    • ‘Women's attire consists of solid-colored or polka-dot dresses with tightly fitted bodices and flounced skirts and sleeves.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘She came behind the screen and laced the bodice of the dress.’
    • ‘Both dresses employed exquisite embroidery work at the bodice and had long sleeves with lace.’
    • ‘Georgian women wear long, floor-length gowns, with a tight bodice and long sleeves ending at the waist.’
    • ‘The bodice of the dress had a low square neckline and came to a V at the back.’
    • ‘The dress had an embroidered bodice that was light purple with white embroidered butterflies that were defiantly doing something eldritch.’
    • ‘Today, she had chosen a modest blue dress with tiny bits of lace at the bodice, sleeves, and hem.’
    • ‘She was still dressed in the bodice of the gown, the remaining fabric clinging to her due to a thin mist of sweat.’
    • ‘Hazel wore a medieval-styled dress with a gold-braced bodice, gold chiffon sleeves and a gold train.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Women wear full black dresses with embroidered bodices and lace bonnets.’
    • ‘Her dress was white, the bodice and waist tight, the skirt flaring and settling loosely around her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dress was tight at the waist and the bodice was decorated with black lace from the waistline up to the low neckline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They wore ivory duchess satin dresses with embroidered bodices and crystal tiaras.’
    1. 1.1 A woman's vest, especially a laced vest worn as an outer garment.
      • ‘The cold eyes narrowed as he turned and began to advance towards her, eyeing the golden red hair and slim bodice.’
      • ‘Flora, holding Venus's hand, peers into Venus's low bodice.’
      • ‘She also donned a thick linen bodice that provided at least some protection against anything that got through a light vest of brown leather she wore over her yellow linen blouse.’
      • ‘It's got a huge, billowing tulle skirt and a sort of tighter bodice and this really beautiful green ribbon accent.’
      • ‘The long blonde strands hung down her back, soaking the back of her deep red bodice even more.’
      • ‘The lower orders more often obtained the look by loosening a tightly laced bodice at the top.’
      • ‘Except for the lining of both bodice and skirt, the ensemble is 100% reused Umbrella skin.’
      • ‘This is a magnificent, marvelous book, not some movie of the month waiting with bodice ripped to be optioned by Hollywood.’
      • ‘Observers put her not even a smidgen over 35 in a striking and revealing white bodice.’
      • ‘It was made of soft, heavy burgundy velvet with a trim of black satin running down the low cut bodice to the length of the full skirt.’
      • ‘Callahan's eyes were fixed to the swell of her breasts against the sweet pink vinyl bodice.’
      • ‘The figure emerges from a finely carved sea-foam bodice, and her hair is crowned with a tiara adorned with a scallop shell and a small gondola.’
      • ‘She was described as wearing, ‘a black cap, and a black hat, and a red paragon bodice bordered and looped with different colors.’’
      • ‘From one literary extreme to the other, Keira Knightley will be getting her Elizabeth Bennet bodice in a twist as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is given its latest big screen re-invention.’
      • ‘Can you suggest anything to keep this bodice out of the scrap bag?’
      • ‘Her eyes were as turquoise blue as ever, and she was the only one breathing easily in her tight, breath-constricting bodice.’
      • ‘When her smile turned into a line, she examined Sibyl's bodice.’
      • ‘Beckinsale is the least exciting prospect, but even she was more than pleasing in leather bodice and boots doing battle with all manner of creatures.’
      • ‘She was clothed in green skirts with a cream white bodice.’
      • ‘The net and bodice were speckled with sapphires.’
    2. 1.2 A woman's vestlike undergarment.
      • ‘She'd spent countless hours in front of the sewing machine with Jeri, piecing together her corseted bodice and matching skirts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Laya tugged at the strings of her bodice tightly, scowling.’
      • ‘Tight black bodices were laced up the front, and the necklines were very low.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He moved his hands underneath her shirt quickly pulling it over her head revealing a black silk bodice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bows of all types from embroidered bows on necklines to traditional tied bows on corset style bodices will feature often, especially in knits.’
      • ‘Police this week revealed a corset-style bodice found in Milly's bedroom may have been worn or handled by her killer.’
      • ‘His hands wandered up and down her back, until one went slowly around to her front, and began slowly unlacing her bodice.’
      • ‘The boned bodice and corset are becoming increasingly popular and can be found in many local shopping malls.’
      • ‘So Sibyl proceeded to begin undoing her bodice and chemise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the ‘Pelt’ paintings, Finley airily outlined bodices, thongs, brassieres, garter belts and fasteners.’
      • ‘The bodice laced up in the front with cream-colored ribbon, which tied off at the waist.’
      • ‘She ordered her dream bodice and corset outfit in March, and was expecting it to arrive from Australia at the end of July.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bodice was corseted with thick, black ribbon and the sleeves were split and bunched at the elbows with matching ribbon.’
      • ‘It was of solid light blue silk, with an embroidered panel along the front of the bodice.’


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.