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

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


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.


bosomed by overgrown shrubbery, the abandoned cottage seemed like the ideal place for an afternoon tryst


promised to remain bosom friends for the rest of their lives
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In other words, Koch was deeply embedded within the bosom of the MIT family. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How MIT whitewashed the climate change denialism of a major donor, David Koch," 26 Aug. 2019 But the idea of a man who consistently lied to the American public being invited into the bosom of cozy American entertainment didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Who Wants to See Sean Spicer’s Samba?," 25 Aug. 2019 Paper tissues are rough and eventually shred to pieces and remind me of the daily tissue my fourth-grade teacher tucked in her giant bosom. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "Defend yourself with a proper hankie," 4 June 2019 This time around, her breasts are safely tucked behind fabric that crosses over her bosom rather than below it. Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Hurley on the Versace Pin Dress That Changed Everything," 25 Mar. 2019 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,, "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

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


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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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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