corsages

corsage

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

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corsage (kɔːˈsɑːʒ)
 
n
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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corsage
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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