bus·​tier | \ˌbüs-tē-ˈā, ˌbəs-, -ˈtyā\

Definition of bustier 

: a tight-fitting often strapless top worn as a brassiere or outer garment

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Tiger print gowns, one a long sleeve column and the other a cutaway leg-sweeping flounce bustier style-- required over 1,400 hours of hand-beading. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 With their backup dancers in coordinating crimson jackets with glossy latex bustiers and ankle boots, everyone got in on the fashion action. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Of Course Beyoncé’s On the Run II Costumes Are Flawless," 6 June 2018 There were rubber boots with drawstring nylon tops and massive pleather coats with faux-fur cuffs and thick bustiers and iridescent fringing and watercolor florals — much of it at the same time. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Fendi and Prada, Moving Beyond the Shoulder Pad," 23 Feb. 2018 Aniston paired the bustier with formal shorts, giving her entire outfit a sort of deconstructed tux feel. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Jennifer Aniston Wears a Strapless Tux — and What's That On Her Back?," 17 Apr. 2013 But halfway through the video, things take a decidedly wicked turn, and Cardi reappears as a vengeful lady in a black bustier and jacket, unabashedly calling the shots at her philandering husband's funeral. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Cardi B Goes Platinum Blonde—then Pink—In her New Kill Bill-Inspired Music Video," 21 May 2018 As for the rest of her look that didn’t involve futuristic car parts, the vibe was gothic (and slightly vampiric) thanks to the embossed white bustier, sheer arms, high-low tulle skirt and platform thigh-high boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Grimes? Here's What to Know About the Musician Reportedly Dating Elon Musk," 9 May 2018 Head to the Theater at the Ace Hotel for this steamy (18+) parody show, which drops characters from George Lucas’ classic films into a world full of bustiers and garter belts. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down," 31 May 2018 Hitting the Billboard Music Awards red carpet, the 37-year-old actress turned heads in her black strapless leather bustier Zuhair Murad dress featuring fringe detail. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Jenna Dewan Rocks Chin-Length Bob at Billboard Music Awards After Chopping Off Her Hair," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of bustier

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bustier

French, from buste

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English Language Learners Definition of bustier

: a tight piece of clothing that covers the upper part of a woman's body and that is worn by itself or under other clothes

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