Definition of bosom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊz(ə)m/


1A woman’s chest or breasts: her ample bosom [mass noun]: the dress offered a fair display of bosom
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  • She really does have the most wonderfully ample bosoms.
  • The descriptive passages when she has tea with friends, or tends her garden, or shops for blouses to fit her ample bosom are a pleasure and add a completeness to the character of Precious Ramotswe.
  • Lori has this habit of wearing her coat open wide even when it's freezing out, showing off her ample bosom.
bust, chest;
technical mammary glands, mammae
informal boobs, boobies, tits, titties, knockers, bazookas, melons, jubblies, bubbies, orbs, globes, jugs
British informal bristols, charlies, baps
North American informal bazooms, casabas, chichis, hooters
Australian informal norks
archaic dugs, paps, embonpoint
1.1A part of a dress covering the chest: she had plucked the brooch from her bosom
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  • Both my grandmothers wore shapeless, listless, grandmotherly dresses with baggy bosoms and they donned sturdy black oxford-type shoes.
  • The final touch to Laura's ensemble is two handkerchief-wrapped powder puffs stuffed in the bosom of her dress to improve her bust line.
  • Aislinn started, the locket falling from her hand and resting on the navy cotton bosom of her dress as she whirled toward the sound.
1.2 literary The space between a person’s clothing and their chest used for carrying things: he carried a letter in his bosom
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  • South Africa, if they get over the scars of the recent past and the anguish they seem to carry in their bosom, can be that team.
  • And so, I smuggled them in by putting them in my uniform, in my bosom, so the Bowls brandy or whatever that bottle was that's round at the bottom and skinny at the top.
  • I smiled and explained what Teddy was doing nestled in my bosom.
1.3 literary A person’s loving care and protection: Bruno went home each night to the bosom of his family
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  • I returned to the bosom of my loving, supportive family and proceeded to get myself a job.
  • Set in New York's Dominican community, the novel begins with Iliana, youngest daughter of her family (14 of them at last count) returning to the bosom of her strict parents.
  • I know Rowling has a ton of background in this sort of arcana, but I'm still rather skeptical that she's really making an appeal for the return of England to the bosom of Holy Church.
protection, heart, core, midst, centre, circle, shelter, safety, refuge
1.4Used to refer to the chest as the seat of emotions: quivering dread was settling in her bosom
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  • Writers recognise, of course, that this happy state of affairs cannot come about overnight; but in the early days, when hope is intense in their bosoms, they can see no reason why it should not be achieved by 4 p.m. next Thursday.
  • Think of it, there are a hundred and forty-seven great works reposing in the bosoms of a hundred and forty-seven great men, and the tragic thing is that not one of those hundred and forty-seven great works will ever be written.
  • The people of the village touched their hearts with both hands as the first families clasped the petals to their bosoms, feeling the pain of losing paradise, the helplessness with which they clung to their gifts.
heart, breast, soul, being, inner being, core, spirit;
seat of one's emotions, seat of one's affections


(Of a friend) very close or intimate: the two girls had become bosom friends
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  • Sutton is not renowned for his wide circle of friends and, while he and Larsson are far from bosom buddies, his warm relationship with the Swede is telling.
  • For the record, I have absolutely no bosom friends in the club and am only an interested outsider who has become increasingly depressed about the state of our supposedly top racecourse.
  • The months ahead seem rife with arduous ER shifts, lavish vacations with bosom friends and endless opportunities to glam up for nocturnal lounging.
close, boon, intimate, confidential, inseparable, faithful, constant, devoted, loving;
special, dear, good, best, fast, firm, favourite, valued, treasured, cherished
informal (as) thick as thieves, pally, matey, chummy



[in combination]: her small-bosomed physique


Old English bōsm, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch boezem and German Busen.

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