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

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The city spurred Chanel's sartorial dream, one unrestrained by uncomfortable, narrow, corset dresses with heavy trains, which typified women's style of the era. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Look Inside Coco Chanel’s Favorite Seaside Destination," 1 June 2018 DeKalb resident Julie Logen had on a handmade sequenced corset and rainbow tutu with lots of tulle. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Pride Parade: 'A wonderful way to celebrate all those who for so long were crushed'," 9 June 2019 The first go-round was the risible 2006 Brett Ratner film X-Men: The Last Stand, which indicated Jean Grey’s turn to darkness by dressing her in a particularly vile-looking corset. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Slapdash Farewell to the X-Men Series," 6 June 2019 Bella, on the other hand, went sultry with a denim bustier that clung to every curve and continued her bid to bring back the corset. Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Gives New Meaning to the Birthday Suit," 23 Apr. 2019 Kendall Jenner isn't the only celeb who's been bringing back the corset of late. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore a Corset Dress on the Red Carpet," 8 Oct. 2018 In the pic, Kendall is rocking a glow-in-the-dark long sleeved shirt, while Hailey dons a silvery corset top and sparkling earrings. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kacey Musgraves, Tierra Whack, and More Coachella 2019 Weekend 2 Best Celebrity Looks," 21 Apr. 2019 Look at something like the corset, which is what I’m known for: the exaggerated silhouette can be considered camp. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Violet Chachki Serves a Lesson on the True Meaning of Camp," 7 May 2019 To add to her look, Cardi wore a corset-like floral vest, cinched tightly around her waist with a thick belt. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sparo was also working up until the last minute on one of his signature corseted dresses and his finishing suffered for the effort, though the judges especially admired his fluid white pants ensemble. Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Runway' Finds the "American Dream" in Winner Sebastian Grey," 14 June 2019 The lace corseted top was tucked beneath a similar lace and silk slip skirt. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 With its asymmetrical hemline, corseted bodice, and showstopping print, the dress was classic Westwood and pure Newton. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Thandie Newton on Her Epic Cannes Dress—A Tribute to Star Wars’s Iconic Black Characters," 16 May 2018 Kardashian West donned a head-to-toe gold Atelier Versace corseted gown adorned with embellished crosses that hugged every curve of her enviable frame. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West May Have Just Worn Her Best Look Yet," 8 May 2018 Kardashian West’s latest look built upon her summer style, which has seen her wear corseted bodysuits from the Italian house paired with below-the-knee skirts from Wolford and offset sporty shorts with elevated, fitted tops. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Brings Sultry Beachside Style to the Red Carpet," 16 July 2018 Cyrus chose an ivory silk satin corseted draped gown by Vivienne Westwood. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress as She Dances to 'Uptown Funk'," 27 Dec. 2018 Compare that to her 1989 original: Naturally, the pop star made her entrance at the top of the staircase in a hooded robe, but her backup dancers helped her change out of the garment to reveal a white corseted look underneath. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Madonna Performed at the Met Gala and Of Course She Sang "Like a Prayer"," 8 May 2018 In past seasons, an influx of overly complicated swimwear options have emerged–from prints to cut-outs, corseting to retro chic. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Simple Swim is In Again," 6 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of corset

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


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Kids Definition of corset

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

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