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stomacher

[stuhm-uh-ker] /ˈstʌm ə kər/
noun
1.
a richly ornamented garment covering the stomach and chest, worn by both sexes in the 15th and 16th centuries, and later worn under a bodice by women.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see stomach, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for stomacher

stomacher

/ˈstʌməkə/
noun
1.
a decorative V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach by men and women in the 16th century, later only by women
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stomacher in the Bible

(Isa. 3:24), an article of female attire, probably some sort of girdle around the breast.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for stomacher

ornamental garment worn at the front of the upper body by men and women from the end of the 15th until the late 18th century. At the end of the 15th century, men's jackets often had a V-opening allowing for a decorative front-piece, or stomacher, and women's gowns were laced over an open bodice that was also filled in with a stomacher, which could be embroidered, jewelled, or decorated with bows

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