One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's tightly fitting undergarment extending from below the chest to the hips, worn to shape the figure.
girdle, panty girdle, foundation garment, foundation, support garment, corseletteView synonyms
- ‘Gone too are the maid's uniform, multi-layered gowns and tightly-laced corsets she wears in the film, replaced by trousers and a long jacket.’
- ‘They wear boots and suspenders and corsets and, yes, hoop skirts.’
- ‘It would be a horrible pain to have to deal with the corset and many underskirts as well.’
- ‘She removed eight petticoats, a corset and silk stockings; finally she stood in just her white linen shift and several pounds of jewelry.’
- ‘From the drawer in the bottom of the wardrobe, she picked a shift, two petticoats, and a corset.’
- ‘Then, they placed a white undershirt over her corset, over which they put a beautiful red dress made of crushed velvet.’
- ‘As I guessed, a red ballroom gown is soon pulled on me, the corset below making it almost impossible for me to breathe.’
- ‘The undergarments included stockings, petticoats, drawers, and a corset.’
- ‘I was left only in my corset and my undergarments, shivering.’
- ‘Across from these tiny slippers is a case that displays the evolution of the corsets and brassieres that have twisted and shaped the female figure to reflect the ever-changing ideal of what women should look like in Western culture.’
- ‘Once we reached our teens many girls wore corsets or corselets under their uniforms to keep their figure in trim.’
- ‘Fashion in clothes often influences body shape - witness the corset and the wasp waist.’
- ‘Along with the dress in the bag was a white mask, shoes that matched the dress perfectly and a large selection of underskirts and a new corset.’
- ‘You just have to explain what kind of look you want, because corsets can change your shape in different ways.’
- ‘She did not need a corset for a figure; she had her own natural beauty.’
- ‘The corset had been laced quite tightly for the ball and it did not allow for the wearer to consume large amounts of food.’
- ‘A corset with suspenders, worn in 1910, is on display.’
- ‘Thrusting drawer after drawer open, Adaela discovered stockings, slippers, jewelry, cosmetics, tunics, chemises, corsets, petticoats, and head coverings.’
- ‘The stuffier styles of a previous era that preferred corsets and petticoats were consigned to the dustbin.’
- ‘After the corset came stockings, three petticoats, and a pure white overdress.’
- 1.1 A fitted garment extending from below the chest to the hips, worn by men or women to support a weak or injured back.
- ‘She wore a reinforced corset so she could support her son and take part in the walk.’
- ‘He has reportedly taken to jogging in a corset to keep in shape.’
- 1.2historical A tightly fitting laced or stiffened outer bodice or dress.
- ‘Its skirt is a cascade of ostrich feathers, the bodice a beaded corset.’
- ‘For the battle scenes Richard replaces his corset with black trousers and gloves and a red jacket summing up his role as devilish assassin.’
- ‘Tonight she was wearing a beautiful red and black skirt and a matching corset.’
- ‘I dreamt that I was at my own wedding, waiting at the door, in a claret corset and white skirt (so not my style).’
- ‘I bought a riding crop from a saddlemaker on the outskirts of town and dressed in pantaloons with a tightly drawn corset and laced up boots.’
Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of cors ‘body’, from Latin corpus. The sense ‘close-fitting undergarment’ dates from the late 18th century, by which time the sense ‘bodice’ had mainly historical reference.
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