bosom

1 of 3

noun

bos·​om ˈbu̇-zəm How to pronounce bosom (audio)
 also  ˈbü-
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

2 of 3

verb

bosomed; bosoming; bosoms

transitive verb

1
: to enclose in or as if in an embrace
a Gothic, moss-grown structure, half bosomed in treesT. L. Peacock
2
: to enclose or carry in the bosom (see bosom entry 1)
she bosomed her letterE. P. O'Donnell

bosom

3 of 3

adjective

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Erotic oil paintings decorate the walls, and one in particular, three nudes bathing, prompts a brief, scientific discussion of the effects of gravity on bosoms. Todd Gold, Peoplemag, 25 June 2024 With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 Scholars have concluded that Clytie’s bosom was enhanced to accentuate the bust’s erotic charge; Townley’s discobolus, unearthed in a state of decapitation, was fitted with a head from a different sculpture. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 But what has been really nice this year is being so welcomed by the Whovians who took me into their bosom very, very lovingly. Clark Collis, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for bosom 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

verbal derivative of bosom entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of bosom entry 1

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bosom was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bosom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bosom. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bosom

1 of 2 noun
bos·​om ˈbu̇z-əm How to pronounce bosom (audio)
1
: the front of the human chest
especially : a woman's breasts
2
: the chest thought of as the center of secret thoughts and feelings
3
: a close and comforting relationship
in the bosom of her family
4
: the part of a garment covering the breast
bosomed
-əmd
adjective

bosom

2 of 2 adjective
: intimate entry 2 sense 3a, close
bosom friends

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