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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 of corsage
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle French: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equivalent to cors body (< Latin corpus) + -age -age
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  • How white and fresh is the complexion of that young woman against her corsage of pink satin!

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • Then from inside her corsage she brought out and held to Sidney a letter.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Her garland of flowers fell, and, as she stooped to pick it up, her candid breasts showed at the edge of her corsage.

    A Night in the Luxembourg Remy De Gourmont
  • The corsage was then put on and—wonderful to relate—it fitted her to perfection.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • I swear that now I caught the full outline of a red, red heart upon her corsage!

    The Way of a Man Emerson Hough
  • "They came from the heart and I love them," she said as she fastened them in her corsage.

    The Music Master Charles Klein
  • In the lilac and white crepe, with a bunch of dark Parma violets thrust in her corsage, Uncle Jack called her a poem.

    Polly Oliver's Problem Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • She slipped the bottle into her corsage and went off, joyous and triumphant.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • A flower of the same hue and workmanship trembled from the point of her corsage.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
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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