bosom

[booz-uhm, boo-zuhm]
noun
1.
the breast of a human being.
2.
the breasts of a woman.
3.
the part of a garment that covers the breast.
4.
the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
5.
something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
6.
a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness: the bosom of the family.
adjective
7.
of, pertaining to, or worn on or over the bosom.
8.
intimate or confidential: a bosom friend.
verb (used with object)
9.
to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
10.
to hide from view; conceal.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m; cognate with Dutch boesem, German Busen


4. heart, affection. 8. close, cherished, boon, dear.
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bosom (ˈbʊzəm)
 
n
1.  the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
2.  the part of a woman's dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
3.  a protective centre or part: the bosom of the family
4.  the breast considered as the seat of emotions
5.  (modifier) very dear; intimate: a bosom friend
 
vb
6.  to embrace
7.  to conceal or carry in the bosom
 
[Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam]

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Word Origin & History

bosom
O.E. bosm "breast; womb; surface; ship's hold," from W.Gmc. *bosm- (cf. O.Fris. bosm, O.S. bosom, M.Du. boesem, Du. boezem, O.H.G. buosam, Ger. Busen "bosom, breast"), perhaps from PIE base *bhou- "to grow, swell," or *bhaghus "arm" (in which case the primary notion would be "enclosure formed by the
breast and the arms"). Narrowed meaning "a woman's breasts" is from 1959; but bosomy "big-breasted" is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.
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Medical Dictionary

bosom bos·om (buz'əm, bōō'zəm)
n.

  1. The chest of a human.

  2. A woman's breast or breasts.

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Bible Dictionary

Bosom definition


In the East objects are carried in the bosom which Europeans carry in the pocket. To have in one's bosom indicates kindness, secrecy, or intimacy (Gen. 16:5; 2 Sam. 12:8). Christ is said to have been in "the bosom of the Father," i.e., he had the most perfect knowledge of the Father, had the closest intimacy with him (John 1:18). John (13:23) was "leaning on Jesus' bosom" at the last supper. Our Lord carries his lambs in his bosom, i.e., has a tender, watchful care over them (Isa. 40:11).

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Example sentences for bosom
He is depicted with his face and eyes lowered, holding his hands on his bosom in prayer.
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