cod·​piece ˈkäd-ˌpēs How to pronounce codpiece (audio)
: a flap or bag concealing an opening in the front of men's breeches especially in the 15th and 16th centuries

Examples of codpiece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like so much in fashion, the jockstrap had obvious antecedents (the medieval codpiece among them), said Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Leanne Italie, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 In truth, many elements of a traditional Westwood show were there — the high platform shoe, the reference to 18th and 19th century dress, an irreverent glimpse of a butt cheek, even the codpieces seemed to be a nod to the brand’s history pioneering of underwear as outerwear in the 1980s. Leah Dolan, CNN, 4 Mar. 2024 There are these moments of juxtaposition, like Mrs. Park who is wearing that yellow sweater that gives her the confidence to perform at her Korean dance troupe, and Timmy Capello who uses his codpiece given to him by Tina Turner to get onstage and perform. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 1 Apr. 2021 That was pure, 1,000 percent theater, right down to the exaggerated codpiece. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 21 Feb. 2023 Tip o' the codpiece to my Hive Overmind co-blogger Ed Yong on Google+. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2011 There are codpiece jokes, torture jokes, Spanish Inquisition jokes that add nothing to the genre that Monty Python founded in 1971 and Donald Trump jokes. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2022 Aside from everyone staying a safe length away from Gene Simmons' tongue and codpiece, there was no social distancing. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 There are undeniably moments, many of them wordless: a floundering Ferrell in a snow-white onesie with a homemade codpiece; a hamster-wheel stage stunt gone horrendously wrong. Leah Greenblatt,, 24 June 2020

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Word History


Middle English codpese, from cod "bag, scrotum" (going back to Old English codd, akin to Middle Dutch codde "cylindrical piece of wood," Old Frisian kudda "cudgel," Middle Low German kudde, kodde "hog," Old Norse koddi "pillow, scrotum," all from a Germanic base denoting something distended and unevenly shaped) + pese piece entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of codpiece was in the 15th century

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“Codpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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