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corset

noun cor·set \ ˈkȯr-sət \

Definition of corset

1 :a usually close-fitting and often laced medieval jacket
2 :a woman's close-fitting boned supporting undergarment that is often hooked and laced and that extends from above or beneath the bust or from the waist to below the hips and has garters attached

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Origin and Etymology of corset

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of cors


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corset

verb

Definition of corset

transitive verb
1 :to dress in or fit with a corset
2 :to restrict closely :control rigidly

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First Known Use of corset

1845


CORSET Defined for English Language Learners

corset

noun

Definition of corset for English Language Learners

  • : a tight, stiff piece of clothing worn by women under other clothing to make their waists appear smaller


CORSET Defined for Kids

corset

noun cor·set \ ˈkȯr-sət \

Definition of corset for Students

:a tight undergarment worn to support or give shape to waist and hips


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