bus·​tier | \ ˌbü-stē-ˈā How to pronounce bustier (audio) , ˌbə-, -ˈtyā \

Definition of bustier

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

Examples of bustier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amos is featured on the cover of the band’s only album, wearing a bustier and elbow-length black gloves, holding a sword, with her red hair teased high and wild. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Tori Amos Believes the Muses Can Help," 26 Apr. 2020 Covering her middle was a studded peplum leather bustier. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Looked So Snatched at Her Beauty Launch, We Don't Know What to Do," 17 Sep. 2019 The other bride, wearing a black tuxedo jacket over a mesh bustier, gazes up at her wife with a shark's smile. EW.com, "Killing Eve premiere recap: One wedding and two funerals," 13 Apr. 2020 Not to be overshadowed by an iconic bustier, Selena's red lips are a big focus of the collection, with a red lipstick hue inspired by the internationally famous singer. Houston Chronicle, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, MAC's Selena La Reina line is available for pre-order," 7 Apr. 2020 Erivo shut it down in a white custom Atelier Versace one-shoulder bustier gown. Washington Post, "A breakdown of the gowns, bling and beauty from the Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 On left: Stella Maxwell in a Versace bustier, skirt, earrings, choker, and sandals; James Turlington in a Versace blazer, shirt, pants, and shoes. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020 The cutaway bustier made Kylie's look all the more revealing, as did her thigh-high leg slit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Rocked a Thigh-High Leg Slit at Diddy's 50th Birthday Party," 15 Dec. 2019 At the Globes, Charlize Theron's black bustier peeked out of her lime green Dior Haute Couture gown while Rachel Bilson's Brock Collection sheer lace bodice showed off a bit of boning. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 fashion trends that dominated Oscar season, from opera gloves to lady tuxedos," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of bustier was in 1978

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25 May 2020

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“Bustier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustier. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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: 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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