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 newlywed model stepped out of her hotel in Beverly Hills, California in the middle of the afternoon wearing a full-on strapless corset top complete with ribbing and a mesh bodice. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Wore a Corset to Lunch and I Respect That," 11 Jan. 2019 The 36-year-old star of the ABC series Quantico wore an ivory silk Marchesa gown with a bustier bodice and feathered skirt to the all-girls fete hosted by bridesmaids Anjula Acharia and Mubina Rattonsey. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Look Inside Priyanka Chopra’s Bridal Shower at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe," 29 Oct. 2018 Her wedding day ensemble was designed by Spanish-Italian fashion house Arasa Morelli and featured a lace bodice and matching veil. Cady Lang, Time, "25 Classic Royal Wedding Dresses That Could Inspire Meghan Markle," 3 May 2018 After taking your measurements to a pre-existing pattern, gowns are sized to the largest measurement in the mix; i.e. pear shapes should expect bodices to be too big, while busty silhouettes will likely have lots to take in at the waist and hips. Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 The gown’s subtly sequined plunging bodice was offset by its layered gossamer sleeves, and the diaphanous silk chiffon was the perfect ground for Saab’s painterly print of spring blooms. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Floral Elie Saab Gown at Art of Elysium's "Heaven" Gala," 6 Jan. 2019 The entirely-sheer bodice of this Randi Rahm jumspuit made primetime-friendly by the 3D embellishments. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Looking Back at Becca Kufrin's Best—and Sparkliest—Bachelorette Looks," 3 Aug. 2018 In memory of Catherine, the design house adopted the butterfly as its the emblem, and a set of delicate monochrome butterflies decorate the bodice of a crepe dress. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Princess Diana's Favorite Designer Gives PEOPLE a Peek at His Spring Wedding Guest Outfits," 19 Mar. 2018 It was created layer by layer during multiple fittings, constructed from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 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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