bos·​om | \ ˈbu̇-zəm How to pronounce bosom (audio) also ˈbü- \

Definition of bosom

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 woman's bosoms
2a : 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
3 : the part of a garment that covers the chest or the breasts


bosomed; bosoming; bosoms

Definition of bosom (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in or as if in an embrace a Gothic, moss-grown structure, half bosomed in trees— T. L. Peacock
2 : to enclose or carry in the bosom (see bosom entry 1) she bosomed her letter— E. P. O'Donnell



Definition of bosom (Entry 3 of 3)

: close, intimate bosom friends

Examples of bosom in a Sentence

Noun He clutched the flowers to his bosom. He never spoke of his childhood as an orphan, but kept dark memories of those days in his bosom. The shirt has a plain color and ruffles at the bosom. Verb bosomed by overgrown shrubbery, the abandoned cottage seemed like the ideal place for an afternoon tryst Adjective promised to remain bosom friends for the rest of their lives
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brady’s been gone for a long time, but even so, his return to the bosom is triggering., 30 Sep. 2021 In Ovid’s telling, the goddess Venus has fallen desperately in love with the handsome young Adonis after an arrow belonging to her son Cupid accidentally grazed her bosom. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Ambrose Moses was kicked out of the Mormon church, and his daughter Ann converted to Catholicism, but his youngest daughter, Clarissa, returned to the bosom of the Saints. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 Being back in the bosom of family and finally feeling rooted after aimlessly moving from one place to another. Alaina Wong, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2021 It was designed to circle the wearer’s throat and creep toward her bosom, while strands of diamonds poured down the back of her neck. Tori Telfer,, 24 Feb. 2021 It was designed to circle the wearer’s throat and creep toward her bosom, while strands of diamonds poured down the back of her neck. Tori Telfer,, 24 Feb. 2021 Bucky is no longer in the relatively peaceful bosom of Wakandan hospitality. Erik Kain, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Dear Miss Manners: What kind of lesson do students learn when teachers dress in gym clothes, blue jeans, spandex tights or bosom-revealing tops? Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Schubert and the law enforcement agencies that fall under her jurisdiction appear to be bosom buddies. Monique Judge, The Root, 15 May 2018 Jim Hamre and Zack Willhoite were also bosom buddies in their passion for public transportation who had excitedly awaited the day higher-speed trains could zip through their home turf. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2017 That's when fans started sharing all the receipts proving that China and Dove are bosom buddies. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, 31 July 2017 The clip also features a bunch of behind-the-scenes footage, illustrating that Miguel and RL Grime are truly bosom buddies having the time of their lives. Kat Bein, Billboard, 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of bosom


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bosom


Middle English, from Old English bōsm; akin to Old High German buosam bosom


verbal derivative of bosom entry 1


from attributive use of bosom entry 1

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“Bosom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bosom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of bosom (Entry 3 of 2)

: very close : very dear


bos·​om | \ ˈbu̇z-əm How to pronounce bosom (audio) \

Kids Definition of bosom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the front of the human chest
2 : the breasts of a woman



Kids Definition of bosom (Entry 2 of 2)

: very close bosom friends

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