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corset

[kawr-sit] /ˈkɔr sɪt/
noun
1.
Sometimes, corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.
verb (used with object)
2.
to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
3.
to regulate strictly; constrict.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et -et
Related forms
corsetless, adjective
uncorseted, adjective
well-corseted, adjective
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Examples from the web for corset
  • She does so by dressing up in jeans, a corset and a raincoat, then hitching a ride to a local nightclub in search of adventure.
  • There needs to be a positive connection to the skeletal structure of the body, not a corset tightened around an arm or a leg.
  • The corset is a garment that has undergone many changes over the years.
  • Since a corset must mold itself to the wearer, a custom corset is recommended.
British Dictionary definitions for corset

corset

/ˈkɔːsɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
  2. a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
2.
(informal) a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
3.
a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
verb
4.
(transitive) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
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Word Origin and History for corset
n.

c.1300, "kind of laced bodice," from Old French corset (13c.) "bodice, tunic," diminutive of cors "body" (see corps). Meaning "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment" is from 1795.

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Slang definitions & phrases for corset

corset

noun

A bulletproof vest; flak jacket (1920s+ Police & underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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