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corsage

[kawr-sahzh] /kɔrˈsɑʒ/
noun
1.
a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
2.
the body or waist of a dress; bodice.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle French: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equivalent to cors body (< Latin corpus) + -age -age
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  • One of the pieces he showed was this remarkable corsage ornament, considered by many to be his masterwork.
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  • Individual tickets include a corsage, light refreshments, parting gift for daughters and a memorable photograph.
  • What a treat to start the day with such a welcome and a gift of a beautiful corsage.
  • She wore an orchid corsage rounded off with white bouvardias.
  • Her ornaments were diamonds, and her corsage bouquet sweet peas.
  • The bride was dressed in an elegant white satin, cut low corsage, and wore a bridal veil.
  • Over the combination corsage was worn an elegant fichu of duchesse lace, held by a valuable diamond breech, a gift of the groom.
  • Knots of ribbon of several shades are worn by some in place of flowers on the corsage.
  • The corsage was high and trimmed with lace and a wide collarette.
British Dictionary definitions for corsage

corsage

/kɔːˈsɑːʒ/
noun
1.
a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel, bosom, etc, or sometimes carried by women
2.
the bodice of a dress
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from cors body, from Latin corpus
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Word Origin and History for corsage
n.

late 15c., "size of the body," from Old French cors "body" (see corpse); the meaning "body of a woman's dress, bodice" is from 1818 in fashion plates translated from French; 1843 in a clearly English context. Sense of "a bouquet worn on the bodice" is 1911, American English, apparently from French bouquet de corsage "bouquet of the bodice."

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Encyclopedia Article for corsage

a small bouquet of flowers originally worn by women at the waist or bodice and later worn on the shoulder or wrist or pinned to a handbag. A florist constructs a corsage from the heads of flowers; he inserts wires through the calyx (the external leaves at the base of a flower), binds them with tape or ribbon, bends them into shape, adds leaves or foliage, and then adds a ribbon or other embellishment. Introduced during the 18th century, the wearing of a corsage, which was usually supplied by an escort, became a popular custom during the 20th century.

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