Definition of bodice in English:


Syllabification: bod·ice
Pronunciation: /ˈbädəs


1The part of a woman’s dress (excluding sleeves) that is above the waist.
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  • The bride wore an ivory strapless satin dress with a sweetheart bodice, shoulder-length veil, full skirt and long train embroidered with baby pearls and sequins.
  • Hazel wore a medieval-styled dress with a gold-braced bodice, gold chiffon sleeves and a gold train.
  • She finished her meal and changed again into fresh undergarments and a deep claret-colored full dress with a low-cut bodice and tight sleeves.
1.1A woman’s vest, especially a laced vest worn as an outer garment.
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  • It's got a huge, billowing tulle skirt and a sort of tighter bodice and this really beautiful green ribbon accent.
  • The lower orders more often obtained the look by loosening a tightly laced bodice at the top.
  • Callahan's eyes were fixed to the swell of her breasts against the sweet pink vinyl bodice.
1.2A woman’s vestlike undergarment.
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  • Both made her heart squeeze tighter, even as she drew the underskirts over her head and tied the laces in the front of the bodice.
  • Ribbons and lace bedecked the front of the satin bodice, with nothing but a little lace around the legs and a big bow in the back for a skirt.
  • The bodice was corseted and tied all the way down the front with black ribbon and it was separated enough just to show a little bit of skin.


mid 16th century (originally bodies): plural of body, retaining the original pronunciation. The term probably first denoted an undergarment, then known as a pair of bodice, although this sense is not recorded until the early 17th century.

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