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

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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 Much of this interest stems from a meaning bosom acquired only in the 1960s: a woman’s breasts. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "A bosom friend is someone to lean on," 15 Oct. 2020 Footloose capital fled their financial markets and migrant labour left their cities for the bosom of their hometowns and villages. The Economist, "Stringent and stingy Emerging-market lockdowns match rich-world ones. The handouts do not," 4 Apr. 2020 Rimini’s other face is turned inland, toward the Eternal—and maternal—City, which beckons Fellini’s characters and gathers them to its bosom. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "A Hundred Years of Fellini," 17 Jan. 2020 For generations, beauty required a slender build but with a generous bosom and a narrow waist. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 Keep your mind trained on being a good friend within a social network without becoming bosom buddies. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 4, 2020: Aries, look your best; Capricorn, time to get organized," 4 Jan. 2020 The one who would rest his wizened hand on Jesus’ bosom. Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 Good Weekend for the Brown Family!: Antonio forces his way out of Oakland’s tire fire and into the gentle bosom of Bill Belichick. Gary Gramling,, "Week 1 Takeaways: Lamar Lights It Up, Eagles Wake Up in Time, Browns a Mess, Dolphins an Insult to the NFL and its Fans," 8 Sep. 2019 As with most things in life, the truth is nestled in the bosom of nuance. Lz Granderson,, "The NBA’s transition from marketing superstars to super teams," 6 July 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bosom.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bosom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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 2 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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