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Line breaks: cor¦set
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːsɪt

Definition of corset in English:


1A woman’s tightly fitting undergarment extending from below the chest to the hips, worn to shape the figure.
Example sentences
  • Fashion in clothes often influences body shape - witness the corset and the wasp waist.
  • Across from these tiny slippers is a case that displays the evolution of the corsets and brassieres that have twisted and shaped the female figure to reflect the ever-changing ideal of what women should look like in Western culture.
  • I was left only in my corset and my undergarments, shivering.
girdle, panty girdle, foundation garment, foundation, support garment, corselette;
British roll-on
informal , dated waspie
Medicine truss
historical stays
1.1A tightly fitting undergarment worn by men or women to support a weak or injured back.
Example sentences
  • She wore a reinforced corset so she could support her son and take part in the walk.
  • He has reportedly taken to jogging in a corset to keep in shape.
1.2 historical A tightly fitting laced or stiffened outer bodice.
Example sentences
  • Its skirt is a cascade of ostrich feathers, the bodice a beaded corset.
  • I bought a riding crop from a saddlemaker on the outskirts of town and dressed in pantaloons with a tightly drawn corset and laced up boots.
  • For the battle scenes Richard replaces his corset with black trousers and gloves and a red jacket summing up his role as devilish assassin.


Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of cors 'body', from Latin corpus. The sense 'close-fitting undergarment' dates from the late 18th century, by which time the sense 'bodice' had mainly historical reference.



Example sentences
  • At the bottom of the trunk she found a set of white undergarments including lacy petticoats and a full corseted bodice.
  • She'd spent countless hours in front of the sewing machine with Jeri, piecing together her corseted bodice and matching skirts.
  • The corseted bodice cinched in my waist slightly so it was defined.


Example sentences
  • Of all the pieces shown, my absolute favourite has to be the red silk dress (with spaghetti straps and pronounced corsetry detailing around the bust).
  • The bloomers and a chemise would have gone under layers and layers of corsetry and petticoats, which could weigh up to 7lb.
  • It has become the most imitated item of corsetry this century

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