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bodice

Line breaks: bod¦ice
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒdɪs
 
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Definition of bodice in English:

noun

1The part of a woman’s dress (excluding the sleeves) which is above the waist.
Example sentences
  • 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 sleeveless undergarment, often laced at the front.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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