cor·​sage kȯr-ˈsäzh How to pronounce corsage (audio)
-ˌsäj How to pronounce corsage (audio)
: the waist or bodice of a dress
: an arrangement of flowers worn as a fashion accessory

Examples of corsage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fittingly, Ruthie wore a floral-print jacket over her dress and a flower corsage on her wrist. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Marcello Hernández Brings Gifts to Late Night The award for best entrance of the week (as well as best first late-night appearance) goes to Marcello Hernández, who brought wine and a corsage to Late Night With Seth Meyers. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2023 The arrangements became more elaborate starting in the 1980s, having grown considerably since the days when a boy commemorated homecoming by giving a simple chrysanthemum corsage to a girl, and received a garter in return. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 The groom, meanwhile, donned a black suit and wore a white and blue corsage. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 Given to one’s date before the dance, a mum is essentially a giant, over-the-top corsage featuring lots of ribbon, glitter and whatever else strikes your fancy at the local craft store. Sasha Richie, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 Jurors likely would not be able to remember, for example, the color of their prom corsage or who won a specific high school ballgame, Hill contended, just like Mapes could not remember details of what happened in conversations a few years ago. Ray Long, Chicago Tribune, 9 Aug. 2023 In a photo of Lola with her prom date, the teen wore a strapless black gown with matching heels, a statement necklace and corsage. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2023 Conrad, devastated by his mother’s deteriorating condition, retreats into himself and pushes everyone away, leaving Belly by herself (and without a corsage) at her own prom. Rachel Seo, Variety, 15 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, bust, bodice, from Old French, bust, from cors body, from Latin corpus

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corsage was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Corsage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cor·​sage kȯr-ˈsäzh How to pronounce corsage (audio) -ˈsäj How to pronounce corsage (audio)
: a bouquet of flowers usually worn at the shoulder

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