bodice

noun
bod·​ice | \ ˈbä-dəs How to pronounce bodice (audio) \

Definition of bodice

1 : the upper part of a woman's dress
2 archaic : corset, stays

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The Fashionable History of Bodice

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.

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The white dress offered a sculpted bodice, a tight waist and an unusually short skirt. oregonlive.com, "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 And that doesn't even count the custom bodice, which features 44 carats worth of rubies acting as nipple covers, valued at $250,000—the result of a collaboration with Stefere Jewerly. Glamour, "Cardi B's Met Gala 2019 Look Featured $250,000 Worth of Rubies," 7 May 2019 She is draped on a chair, wearing a fashionable dress with a bodice cinched to her waist and a voluminous skirt lavishly sweeping the floor. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 There were shirtdresses cinched tight with a belt, plus pussybow blouses, stiletto heels, sharp shoulders and at least one evening gown with a cape-style bodice. Washington Post, "Trump’s catastrophic fashion choices in England were not just a sign of bad taste," 6 June 2019 While the gown’s bodice was covered in decorative embellishments, the sleeves and skirt were entirely sheer, save for the scattering of black hearts along the delicate material. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Sheer Elie Saab Gown to "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" European Premiere," 28 Apr. 2019 Lili donned a pale blue gown with oversized gathered ruffles along the bodice, complimented by a short skirt and loooong train. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Riverdale" Cast Walked the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 Emrata seemed to channel a few notes from Cher's signature styles from her days working with Bob Mackie on her red carpet and performance looks, including the barely-there bodice and the angel wing headpiece. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Channels Cher in a Naked Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The two wore contrasting black-and-white looks including tall silk turbans and feather bodices: Imaan in a white headpiece with black feathers and Iman Abdulmajid in the opposite. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Imaan Hammam and Iman Cover Vogue Arabia," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bodice

circa 1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bodice

alteration of bodies, plural of body entry 1

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bodice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bodice

: the upper part of a dress

bodice

noun
bod·​ice | \ ˈbä-dəs How to pronounce bodice (audio) \

Kids Definition of bodice

: the upper part of a dress

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