corset

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v corset dress with a corset
    • n corset a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Warner Brothers Corset Company created the bra cup sizing system, which is now used universally used by manufacturers
    • Corset An article of dress inclosing the chest and waist worn (chiefly by women) to support the body or to modify its shape; stays.
    • Corset In the Middle Ages, a gown or basque of which the body was close fitting, worn by both men and women.
    • v. t Corset To inclose in corsets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • n corset In the middle ages, a close-fitting body-garment. The term seems to have been always applied to a garment having skirts and sleeves, but may have been used for the upper part, or what might be called the bodice of such garments. In this sense also corse.
    • n corset A similar garment stuffed and quilted to form a garment of fence; a piece of armor, similar to the gambeson, worn by crossbowmen and foot-soldiers about 1475.
    • n corset A shaped, close-fitting body or waist, usually made of quilted satin jean, stiffened by strips of steel or whalebone, and so designed as to admit of tightening by lacing, worn chiefly by women to give shape and support to the figure; stays. Often in plural, corsets.
    • corset To inclose in a corset.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corset kor′set a closely-fitting inner bodice, stiffened with whalebone, &c., and laced up: stays.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of OF. cors, F. corps, body. See Corse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dim. of O. Fr. cors—L. corpus, the body.

Usage

In literature:

She has no figure, and her legs are much too long, and she doesn't wear corsets.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Comes to me in the beginning of 1914, having been encased for six months in a plaster corset.
"Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion" by Emile Coué
Here again we see 'The Royal Corset,' and there 'Crown Shirts.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Fandor entered the bedroom and laying Susy down attempted to undo her corset.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
To this corset may be fixed two or three bands of silver coins.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
Under and upper tunics, a mantle, and a corset or warm under-bodice, lay before the eyes of the amazed Agnes.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Rose told me she paid eight dollars for her corsets.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
Corset steels, dress steels, hack-saw blades, etc., make good thin flexible bar magnets.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
Unfasten every article of clothing; dress, corset, skirt-bands, everything.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
Loosen the clothing, especially any band around the neck, tight corsets or anything else that may interfere with breathing.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
I felt as if cinched in a steel corset.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
In further discussing the length of the new skirts and the chances of the tight corset coming back they found topics of common interest.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
That's enough; she ain't got on corsets.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
I always thought that it was more her corsets than the length of the prayers.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
Russian Grand-dukes never allow a girl to wear corsets at supper.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Here the women have a metronome under their corsets, which beats time, but not music.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
If you expect to sing well, leave the tight collar, the tight corset and the tight shoes at home.
"What Every Singer Should Know" by Millie Ryan
Cheap corsets and cleaned gloves!
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Down toward the hips the corset was laced so tightly as to make one's figure resemble that of a wasp.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
It will bag over her corsets, and make her back round.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
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In poetry:

He'd forgot for a bit that his armour
Were every bit swep' out to sea
And the bit round his middle, like corsets
Had its use when he'd had a big tea
"King John" by Stanley Holloway

In news:

Corsets like these can be purchased through Ann Grogan's business, Romantasy.
ONly Mariah Carey can arrive at an ice- cream date like a true diva, wearing thigh-high boots, fishnets and a corset.
Davy Crockett, a former congressman, wrote in 1836 that Martin Van Buren not only wore a corset, but that it was tighter than those worn by most of the ladies in town.
Hundreds of dresses, corsets and accessories belonging to famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo have gone on display in Mexico City.
ONly Mariah Carey can arrive at an ice-cream date like a true diva , wearing thigh-high boots, fishnets and a corset.
Elvis Presley's Rolex, Madonna's green silk corset up for auction.
LONDON — A watch which was one of Elvis Presley's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
LONDON (AP) — A watch which was one of Elvis Presley's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
Elvis Presley's Rolex, Madonna's green silk corset feature in London sale.
Elvis Presley 's Rolex, Madonna's green silk corset up for auction.
LONDON — A watch which was one of Elvis Presley 's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
LONDON (AP) — A watch which was one of Elvis Presley 's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
LONDON—A watch which was one of Elvis Presley 's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
A watch which was one of Elvis Presley 's last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour will be featured at a London auction.
Elvis Presley 's Rolex, Madonna's green silk corset feature in London sale.
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In science:

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