• WordNet 3.6
    • n corselet a piece of body armor for the trunk; usually consists of a breastplate and back piece
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corselet Armor for the body, as, the body breastplate and backpiece taken together; -- also, used for the entire suit of the day, including breastplate and backpiece, tasset and headpiece.
    • Corselet (Zoöl) The thorax of an insect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n corselet Armor for the body, in use after the perfecting of plate-armor; specifically, in the sixteenth century, the breast- and back-pieces taken together.
    • n corselet The breastplate taken by itself.
    • n corselet The complete armor of a pikeman, musketeer, etc., consisting of breast and back, gauntlets and tassets, with a morion or open headpiece.
    • n corselet In zoology: In entomology, the thorax of an insect; that part to which the wings and legs are attached. In Coleoptera the part usually so called is the prothorax, bearing only the first pair of feet, and greatly surpassing the other two segments of the thorax in extent.
    • n corselet In ichthyology, a zone or area of scales, larger than the rest, developed behind the head and about the pectoral fins of certain scombroid fishes, as in the tunnies, albicores, bonitos, and frigate-mackerels.
    • n corselet In conchology, a ridge in the hinge of bivalves with an external ligament, with which the ligament is connected.
    • corselet To encircle with or as with a corselet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corselet a cuirass, formerly the usual body-covering of pikemen, chiefly of leather, and pistol-proof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of OF. cors,. F. corps, body. See Corse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. corselet, dim. of O. Fr. cors—L. corpus, the body.


In literature:

Red his corselet, red his shoulders, Red his arm, and red his charger.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Corselet: the thorax in Coleoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Red his corselet, red his shoulders, Red his arm, and red his charger.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Her helmet and corselet were unscrewed.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
The antennae and the belly are held motionless, in a straight line; the head and the corselet alone continue to heave rapidly up and down.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
He gave to Hermod A helm and corselet.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
The corselets were concealed under the couch of my jailer, as mine could not be passed through the grating.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Upon such occasions, Thayer's mental armor became as impenetrable as a corselet of steel.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
The second corselet given by Amasis to the Lacaedemonians was worked in gold and colours, with animals and other decorations.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Ivan drew from his necktie his breast-pin, and with it closed the countess's corselet.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

Thence the warrior-host emeigeth,
Casque, and corselet, spear, and shield;
As the tide of red ore suigeth
From the furnace-door revealed.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"Cross against corselet,
Love against hatred,
Peace-cry for war-cry!
Patience is powerful;
He that o'ercometh
Hath power o'er the nations!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXII. -- The Nun Of Nida" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For lo! the hand that held the musket,
And strangled treason in the fight,
Has laid aside the war-worn corselet,
And taken the ballot as a right!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Upon my head let Hope's gay helm be plac'd —
My breast with Equity's bright corselet grace —
The belt of Penitence gird round my waist —
And, on my feet, the Gospel's sandals lace.
"Another, On The Same Subject" by Rees Prichard
For if this helmet's, on the head, not plac'd —
The corselet, on the breast — and round the waist,
The belt — or if our feet are ever found
Unshod — the fiend our souls will surely wound.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
As the rider that rests with the spur on his heel,
As the guardsman that sleeps in his corselet of steel,
As the archer that stands with his shaft on the string,
He stoops from his toil to the garland we bring.
"A Parting Health" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Besides the sexier ones there are maternity corsets , nursing corsets , riding corsets (cut high on the hip), children's corsets , "health" corsets , corselets, stays, brassieres, bustiers and girdles.