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[kawr-suh-let for 1; kawrs-lit for 2] /ˌkɔr səˈlɛt for 1; ˈkɔrs lɪt for 2/
Also, corselette. a woman's lightweight foundation garment combining a brassiere and girdle in one piece.
Also, corslet. Armor.
  1. a suit of light half armor or three-quarter armor of the 16th century or later.
  2. cuirass (def 1).
Origin of corselet
1490-1500; < Middle French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -elet -let Unabridged
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  • It passed right through Hector's shield and corselet, and might have proved fatal, had the hero not quickly bent aside his body.

    The Story of Troy Michael Clarke
  • Armed as he was with corselet, cuissarts, and headpiece, he sank to trouble them no more.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • One Onthophagus decorates his corselet with Florentine bronze; another wears garnets on his wing-cases.

  • My corselet was torn open under the iron hoofs of the horses.

  • Sergius' head-piece was gone, but he glanced at his own corselet and then at Decius.

    The Lion's Brood Duffield Osborne
  • He is able to pierce a corselet with his eye; he talks like a knell, and his hum is a battery.

    Essays sthetical George Calvert
  • Ivan drew from his necktie his breast-pin, and with it closed the countess's corselet.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • Suppose the bee stung in the rear of the corselet and paralysed.

  • Their corselet, and the mail worn under it, were of a piece, and put on together.

  • corselet, pearl-grey, with five rows of fine black dots, which are the roots of stiff bristles pointing backwards.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for corselet


a piece of armour for the top part of the body Also spelt corslet
a one-piece foundation garment, usually combining a brassiere and a corset
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from cors bodice of a garment, from Latin corpus body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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