bodice

[bod-is]
noun
1.
a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, especially a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.
2.
the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist. Compare waist ( def 4 ).
3.
Obsolete. stays or a corset.

Origin:
1560–70; bodies, plural of body

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bodice (ˈbɒdɪs)
 
n
1.  the upper part of a woman's dress, from the shoulder to the waist
2.  a tight-fitting corset worn laced over a blouse, as in certain national costumes, or (formerly) as a woman's undergarment
 
[C16: originally Scottish bodies, plural of body]

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bodice
1560s, pl. of body, name of a tight-fitting Elizabethan garment covering the torso; plural because the body came in two parts which fastened in the middle.
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Example sentences
Her low-cut bodice emphasised her round shoulders and her high firm breasts.
The gown had a thousand flounces and a saucy bodice of crocheted lace.
Her upper lip pressed secretively against her lower one, and a red bodice
  peeked out from underneath a green dress.
It was a horrendous job-for instance, the bodice had been glued to the wax
  torso and then partly smeared with more wax.
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