a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
the body or waist of a dress; bodice.

1475–85; < Middle French: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equivalent to cors body (< Latin corpus) + -age -age Unabridged
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corsage (kɔːˈsɑːʒ)
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
[C15: from Old French, from cors body, from Latin corpus]

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Word Origin & History

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