Definition of bodice in English:

bodice

noun

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

    • ‘The dress was tight at the waist and the bodice was decorated with black lace from the waistline up to the low neckline.’
    • ‘She was still dressed in the bodice of the gown, the remaining fabric clinging to her due to a thin mist of sweat.’
    • ‘Georgian women wear long, floor-length gowns, with a tight bodice and long sleeves ending at the waist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They wore ivory duchess satin dresses with embroidered bodices and crystal tiaras.’
    • ‘Her dress was white, the bodice and waist tight, the skirt flaring and settling loosely around her.’
    • ‘Hats and boots and long dresses and laced bodices.’
    • ‘She came behind the screen and laced the bodice of the dress.’
    • ‘Hazel wore a medieval-styled dress with a gold-braced bodice, gold chiffon sleeves and a gold train.’
    • ‘Today, she had chosen a modest blue dress with tiny bits of lace at the bodice, sleeves, and hem.’
    • ‘Both dresses employed exquisite embroidery work at the bodice and had long sleeves with lace.’
    • ‘The bodice of the dress had a low square neckline and came to a V at the back.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A woman's vest, especially a laced vest worn as an outer garment.
      • ‘It's got a huge, billowing tulle skirt and a sort of tighter bodice and this really beautiful green ribbon accent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Observers put her not even a smidgen over 35 in a striking and revealing white 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.’
      • ‘Flora, holding Venus's hand, peers into Venus's low bodice.’
      • ‘She was described as wearing, ‘a black cap, and a black hat, and a red paragon bodice bordered and looped with different colors.’’
      • ‘Except for the lining of both bodice and skirt, the ensemble is 100% reused Umbrella skin.’
      • ‘The net and bodice were speckled with sapphires.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The long blonde strands hung down her back, soaking the back of her deep red bodice even more.’
      • ‘Callahan's eyes were fixed to the swell of her breasts against the sweet pink vinyl bodice.’
      • ‘When her smile turned into a line, she examined Sibyl's 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 clothed in green skirts with a cream white 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.’
      • ‘The cold eyes narrowed as he turned and began to advance towards her, eyeing the golden red hair and slim bodice.’
      • ‘The lower orders more often obtained the look by loosening a tightly laced bodice at the top.’
      • ‘Her eyes were as turquoise blue as ever, and she was the only one breathing easily in her tight, breath-constricting bodice.’
      • ‘Can you suggest anything to keep this bodice out of the scrap bag?’
      • ‘This is a magnificent, marvelous book, not some movie of the month waiting with bodice ripped to be optioned by Hollywood.’
    2. 1.2 A woman's vestlike undergarment.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the bottom of the trunk she found a set of white undergarments including lacy petticoats and a full corseted bodice.’
      • ‘So Sibyl proceeded to begin undoing her bodice and chemise.’
      • ‘Laya tugged at the strings of her bodice tightly, scowling.’
      • ‘He moved his hands underneath her shirt quickly pulling it over her head revealing a black silk bodice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the ‘Pelt’ paintings, Finley airily outlined bodices, thongs, brassieres, garter belts and fasteners.’
      • ‘Tight black bodices were laced up the front, and the necklines were very low.’
      • ‘The bodice laced up in the front with cream-colored ribbon, which tied off at the waist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bows of all types from embroidered bows on necklines to traditional tied bows on corset style bodices will feature often, especially in knits.’
      • ‘She'd spent countless hours in front of the sewing machine with Jeri, piecing together her corseted bodice and matching skirts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She ordered her dream bodice and corset outfit in March, and was expecting it to arrive from Australia at the end of July.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

bodice

/ˈbädəs/