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

Definition of corset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


corseted; corseting; corsets

Definition of corset (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of corset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The corset is reinforced with steel boning and metal grommets at center front. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 According to the report, the top five strangest things included a tooth, 22 bundt cakes and a pan of macaroni and cheese, a nude corset, and part of an ankle monitor. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Earlier this year, Lena Dunham told the New York Times that the Albert Nobbs actress once cut her out of a corset. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2021 In another post, Grande gives a closer look at her dress: a sultry open-back number with a corset-like sweetheart neckline. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2021 Wearing a corset, for example, can be contentious, as can a tartan kilt or a real fur coat. Natalie Rigg, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Dua Lipa, who took home prizes for British Album for Future Nostalgia and British Female Solo Artist, arrived in a Bridgerton-esque yellow-and-purple corset mini dress with a cowl neckline. Eliza Huber,, 12 May 2021 Olivia Rodrigo, dressed in her finest renaissance-fair corset, will be this week’s Saturday Night Live musical guest alongside host Keegan-Michael Key. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 14 May 2021 Yet humans have been manipulating their bodies for thousands of years, with statues of Sumerian snake goddesses sheathed in corset-like garments providing one of the earliest examples, said Alanna McKnight, a historian in Toronto. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After a fashion event this month, first-season star Zhang Meng posted on Weibo that she had been hospitalized due to corset training. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 For the series, Bridgerton costume designer Ellen Mirojnick — who designed looks for Fatal Attraction, Showgirls, The Greatest Showman, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — sought out experts in fabric cutting, jewelry-making, and corset design., 25 Dec. 2020 The way Sciamma films the relationship between the titular lady (Adèle Haenel) and the painter (Noémie Merlant) who has come to capture her likeness is simply extraordinary: unhurried yet with a sense of urgency, tightly corseted yet sensual. New York Times, 14 May 2020 My chest tightens up a little, suddenly corseted, and my vision tunnels like one of those old Western photos in which everyone is grim-faced. Hillary Kelly, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2020 If donning a corset—a functionally restrictive undergarment—signaled the transition to womanhood, then the lessons learned by little girls corseted them in figurative ways. Longreads, 27 Mar. 2020 Who knew that just placing a hand on a woman’s corseted waist would be so scandalizing and induce pearl-clutching? Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, 26 Feb. 2020 The Fenty founder rocked a wasabi green satin corseted cocktail dress with a matching organza shirt, and matching organza gloves. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Dec. 2019 The sort of garments that blossom in the imagination and exist outside of time and trend: polka-dot 1940s tea dresses and witchy white robes corseted in crystal spider webs; royal brocade rocker trousers and Midsummer Night’s Dream bias-cut silks. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of corset


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corset


Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of cors

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“Corset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corset

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


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

Kids Definition of corset

: a tight undergarment worn by women in the past to make the waist appear smaller

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