corset

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noun

cor·​set ˈkȯr-sət How to pronounce corset (audio)
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

corset

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verb

corseted; corseting; corsets

transitive verb

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

Examples of corset in a Sentence

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Noun
At the event, the Chanel muse wore a three-tiered white gown with a corset featuring intricate floral details. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 At the 2024 Golden Globes, The Bear’s Abby Elliott channeled Grecian goddess glamour in an asymmetrical black gown, inspired by Frank Gehry’s architecture, and singer Tinashe glowed in a striking beaded corset gown. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 The team created sultry looks to pair with the corsets and catsuits that were sent down the runway. Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 Australian singer Kylie Minogue, who won for Best Pop Dance Recording, wore a red Dolce & Gabbana dress with satin lace weave corset bodice, double shoulder train and Martin Katz jewelry. Christy Choi, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 On Friday night, Fox, 33, kicked off her weekend at the One Party by Uber at Fontainebleau Las Vegas in a studded leather corset and skintight latex leggings. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Getty Images Swift wore a black corset top by Dion Lee and jeans with cut-outs and ornaments by the label Area. Anna Daniela Burai, Glamour, 12 Feb. 2024 The dress is a recreation of a design from an iconic Vivienne Westwood collection, which birthed many coveted corsets. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 Swift wore the sporty jacket over a $3,800 Balenciaga spandex corset top. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Tilbury’s sheer design included a peek at the celebrity makeup artist’s body suit corset underneath. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 Bieber wore her more casual look during Saturday afternoon, walking in a semi-sheer white Frankies corset minidress with her friend Lori Harvey. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 26 July 2023 For that occasion, Robbie wore a shiny pink metal mesh Versace dress with a sweetheart neckline corset top. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 24 July 2023 For a Barbie event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, the movie star wore a shiny pink metal mesh Versace dress with a sweetheart neckline corset top, which transformed at the waist into a flowy skirt that ended just above her knees. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 30 June 2023 Shahidi’s stylist, Jason Bolden, helped select the JPG corset from the designer’s 2008 couture collection as an homage to Lagerfeld’s famous Chanel couture corsets from 1993, customizing the look with a pleated skirt and exaggerated hips. Madison Rexroat, ELLE, 2 May 2023 She’s distinguished by her blue jumpsuit, corset with a spider symbol, pilot’s cap and goggles, and four mechanical arms that come out of a harness on her back. Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 June 2023 The Kardashians star also posted mirror selfies, showing her nude bra and corset peeking through. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 It’s pushed me to learn and perfect details like corseting and matching illusion tulle to the bride’s skin tone. Ivy Manners, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of cors

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corset was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corset. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

corset

1 of 2 noun
cor·​set ˈkȯr-sət How to pronounce corset (audio)
: a woman's tight stiff undergarment worn to support or give shape to waist and hips

corset

2 of 2 verb
: to dress in or fit with a corset

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