A woman's bosom.
- 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.
- Archaic, Literary the upper front portion of the human trunk; human breast
- this portion of a woman's body, including her breasts
- the human breast regarded as the seat of inmost thoughts or as the source of feelings
- a thing thought of as like the human breast, as in being encompassing or affording protection, nourishment, etc.: the bosom of the sea
- the enclosing space formed by the breast and arms in embracing
- the human breast or an embrace, regarded as affording protection, nourishment, etc.
- 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 bh?-, 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)