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 To go with the corset, Rodgers wore a pair of sequin white capri leggings created by Berlin designer Clara Colette Merriman. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 July 2022 In an Instagram post from July 18, the model posed in a stunning corset dress in Lady Whistledown’s favored season 2 color: green. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 July 2022 The couple wore Dolce & Gabbana to the ceremony; Kourtney, 43, wore a custom white mini-dress with a corset and a long veil, while Travis, 46, donned a sleek black suit. Amanda Taylor,, 17 July 2022 Her classic French manicure added another sweet touch to her outfit, complementing the pink bows on both her braids and her corset top. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 15 July 2022 Take, for example, Hailey Bieber, who was spotted back in February wearing a pair of cargo jeans with a leather corset. Frances Solá-santiago,, 8 July 2022 This heavy-hitter Brazilian brand offers a more corset-like fit that works best for special occasions and on-camera work, according to personal stylist Messiah. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 18 July 2022 That led to the physical life and then costume, hair and makeup, stepping into a corset, stuffing into a bonnet. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The My Body author wore a floral corset top and matching low-rise skirt from model Paloma Elsesser's collaboration with sustainable Los Angeles brand Miaou, which features 54 size-inclusive styles in colorful prints. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rihanna was photographed earlier this week wearing a cone bra and corset top while out on a date with Rocky. Since becoming parents, Rihanna and Rocky have kept a relatively low profile. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 28 July 2022 Structured at the top and sitting just under the bust, the trousers appear to have corset-like boning, or at least thick, sturdy pleats. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 6 May 2022 The Queen of the Galaxy VIP box comes with both the cheeky and corset for $119.90, or $49.95 for VIP members. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 Here, Wilde wears her two-part lingerie look (bralette and corset) with a midi skirt and flat boots. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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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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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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