bosom[bo̵oz′əm; occas. bo̵̅o̅′zəm]
- The definition of bosom is cherished or intimate.
An example of bosom used as an adjective is in the phrase "bosom friends," which means friends who are extremely close to one another.
- Bosom means a human's chest.
An example of a bosom is a woman's breasts.
A woman's bosom.
- the human breast; specif., a woman's breasts
- a thing thought of as like this: the bosom of the sea
- the breast regarded as the source of feelings or the seat of inmost thoughts
- the enclosing space formed by the breast and arms in embracing
- the inside; midst: in the bosom of one's family
- the part of a dress, shirt, etc. that covers the breast
- the space inside this part
Origin of bosomMiddle English ; from Old English bosm; probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhou-, an unverified form bhū-, to grow, swell
- to embrace; cherish
- to conceal in the bosom; hide
- a. The chest of a human: He held the sleepy child to his bosom.b. A woman's breast or breasts.
- The part of a garment covering the chest or breasts.
- The security and closeness likened to being held in a warm familial embrace: We welcomed the stranger into the bosom of our family.
- The chest considered as the source of emotion.
Origin of bosomMiddle English, from Old English bōsm.
- (somewhat dated) The breast or chest of a human (sometimes of another animal). [from 11th c.]
- The seat of one's inner thoughts, feelings etc.; one's secret feelings; desire. [from 13th c.]
- The protected interior or inner part of something; the area enclosed as by an embrace. [from 15th c.]
- The part of a dress etc. covering the chest; a neckline.
- (in the plural) A woman's breasts. [from 20th c.]
- Any thing or place resembling the breast; a supporting surface; an inner recess; the interior.
- A depression round the eye of a millstone.
(third-person singular simple present bosoms, present participle bosoming, simple past and past participle bosomed)
From Old English bōsm. Cognate with Dutch boezem, German Busen. From Proto-Indo-European *bheu-ə- (“to swell, bend, curve”), whence also Albanian buzë (“lip”), Romanian buză (“lip”), Irish bus (“lip”), and Latin bucca (“cheek”).