Corset meaning

kôrsĭt
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A close-fitting undergarment, often reinforced by stays, worn to support and shape the waistline, hips, and breasts.
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A medieval outer garment, especially a laced jacket or bodice.
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To enclose in or as if in a corset.
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A closefitting undergarment, often tightened with laces and reinforced with stays, worn, chiefly by women, to give support or a desired figure to the body from the hips to or including the breast.
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To dress in, fit with, or enclose as in a corset.
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A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust.
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(historical) In the Middle Ages, a tight-fitting gown or basque worn by both men and women.
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To enclose in a corset; to wear a corset.

Mabel dreaded the upcoming ball and the preliminary corseting it would entail.

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(figuratively) To restrict or confine.

"I will not remain corseted by your notions of what is and is not proper!" she exclaimed.

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Origin of corset

  • Middle English bodice from Old French diminutive of cors body from Latin corpus kwrep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French corset

    From Wiktionary