bodice

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noun bod·ice \ˈbä-dəs\

Definition of bodice

  1. 1 :  the upper part of a woman's dress

  2. 2 archaic :  corset, stays

Did You Know?

The term bodice is derived from body. One sense of the word body is “the part of a garment covering the body or trunk.” In the 17th and 18th centuries a woman’s corset was often called a “pair of bodies.” The plural bodies, or bodice, was eventually interpreted as a singular. Bodice is now most often used to refer to the upper part of a woman’s dress.

Origin and Etymology of bodice

alteration of bodies, plural of 1body


First Known Use: circa 1567


BODICE Defined for English Language Learners

bodice

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noun bod·ice \ˈbä-dəs\

Definition of bodice for English Language Learners

  • : the upper part of a dress


BODICE Defined for Kids

bodice

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noun bod·ice \ˈbä-dəs\

Definition of bodice for Students

  1. :  the upper part of a dress


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