noun \ˈb-zəm also ˈbü-\

: a person's chest

: a person's chest when it is thought of as the place where secret thoughts and feelings are kept

: a woman's breasts

Full Definition of BOSOM

a :  the human chest and especially the front part of the chest <hugged the child to his bosom>
b :  a woman's breasts regarded especially as a single feature <a woman with an ample bosom>; also :  breast
a :  the chest conceived of as the seat of the emotions and intimate feelings <a story you will take to your bosom>
b :  the security and intimacy of or like that of being hugged to someone's bosom <the bosom of her family>
:  the part of a garment that covers the chest or the breasts

Examples of BOSOM

  1. He clutched the flowers to his bosom.
  2. He never spoke of his childhood as an orphan, but kept dark memories of those days in his bosom.
  3. The shirt has a plain color and ruffles at the bosom.

Origin of BOSOM

Middle English, from Old English bōsm; akin to Old High German buosam bosom
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to BOSOM


transitive verb

Definition of BOSOM

:  embrace
:  to enclose or carry in the bosom

Examples of BOSOM

  1. <bosomed by overgrown shrubbery, the abandoned cottage seemed like the ideal place for an afternoon tryst>

First Known Use of BOSOM




: very close : very dear

Full Definition of BOSOM

:  close, intimate <bosom friends>

Examples of BOSOM

  1. <promised to remain bosom friends for the rest of their lives>

First Known Use of BOSOM



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