• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tournure Any device used by women to expand the skirt of a dress below the waist; a bustle.
    • Tournure Turn; contour; figure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tournure Turn; contour; figure; shape.
    • n tournure A pad or more elastic structure worn tied round the waist by women, in order to give the hips an agreeably rounded outline; hence, the whole back drapery of a gown; sometimes, incorrectly, a bustle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tournure tōōr-nūr′ contour, the characteristic turn of a drawing: a pad worn by women to give the hips a well-rounded outline, the drapery at the back of a gown.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. tourner, to turn


In literature:

A noticeable feature in her tournure was a magnificent mass of braided locks.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
Its perfect fullness and tournure were delicious.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
The chiefs of savage tribes have distinguished themselves in London and Paris, by the purity of their tournure.
"Essays, Second Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emilie asked her maid to take care that the folds hung properly over her tournure.
"The Heritage of the Kurts, Volume II (of 2)" by Björstjerne Björnson