bosom

noun
bos·​om | \ˈbu̇-zəm 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

bosom

verb
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

bosom

adjective

Definition of bosom (Entry 3 of 3)

: close, intimate bosom friends

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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

The perils of boob sweat are very real, and there's nothing like a traditional foam T-shirt bra to make your bosom go from sweet to sweltering. Cora Harrington, Allure, "Ask a Lingerie Expert: What Is the Best Bra for Staying Cool on Hot, Sweaty Days?," 4 Sep. 2018 All in all, these retro cookbooks promise to soothe whatever jangles your modern-day nerves, to draw you into the comforting bosom of kitchens long past, and to serve up what’s most delicious and shall not be lost. Barbara Mahany, chicagotribune.com, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 In these the putative gift was supposed to have come not from a bosom buddy but rather from a casual acquaintance or a stranger. The Economist, "Another’s wasted investment is as disturbing as one’s own," 31 May 2018 These houses are kept close to the bosoms of multigenerational families and come on the market only once in a while. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 And the bible says in Job that we are transported to heaven by angels to Abraham's bosom, and that's another euphemism in the bible for heaven itself. Fox News, "Amb. Dennis Ross on Kim Jong Un probing, Gaza protests," 16 May 2018 Born in Louisiana, Silver arrives with every noir mystery woman’s attendant clichés: a lubricious walk, a wad of cash in the bosom of her complicated lingerie, a languorous way of lighting cigarettes — and a gun. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Downtown Renewal Means Trouble in ‘Paradise Blue’," 14 May 2018 Conquest’s bosom pals, the novelist Kingsley Amis and the poet Philip Larkin, wrote to each other about the event. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Preserving a Great Scholar’s Legacy," 21 Apr. 2018 His greatest happiness was always drawn from being in the bosom of those near to his heart. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 5/1," 1 May 2018

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, "#StephonClark: 2 Months Later, We Are No Closer to Justice," 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, "2 rail buffs killed in wreck couldn’t wait for faster trains," 20 Dec. 2017 That's when fans started sharing all the receipts proving that China and Dove are bosom buddies. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Dove Cameron Slams Rumors She's Feuding With "Descendants" Co-Star China Anne McClain," 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, "RL Grime Brought Miguel Out at EDC Vegas 2017 in 'Stay For It' Video: Watch," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of bosom

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bosom

Noun

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

Verb

see bosom entry 1

Adjective

see bosom entry 1

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bosom

noun

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

bosom

adjective

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

: very close : very dear

bosom

noun
bos·​om | \ˈbu̇z-əm \

Kids Definition of bosom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the front of the human chest

2 : the breasts of a woman

bosom

adjective

Kids Definition of bosom (Entry 2 of 2)

: very close bosom friends

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