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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Graham was eloquent and effortless, even in her strapless corset mermaid gown, which was designed and finished for her in less than three weeks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Inside Oscars Night With Supermodel Ashley Graham," 25 Feb. 2019 In the past, she's worn everything from corset dresses to actual bras as tops and thong swimwear. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 Opt for a two piece in a funky, graphic pattern or a corset dress with embroidery. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "Is Your Prom Dress Style Classic or Trendy?," 11 July 2018 The two are famous for their transhuman looks, binding themselves in asphyxiating neck gear or waist-constricting corsets, and wearing $10,000 skin heels. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Watch Fecal Matter’s Extreme, 3-Hour Beauty Routine in 7 Minutes," 28 Mar. 2019 The Crazy Rich Asians star, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy wore a custom nude Vera Wang A-line gown with corset and orange velvet bow cinched at her waist. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Stunning is the corset-like body armor from Storytailors (2011), its beige-pink sections laced together with magenta ribbon. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "An Exhibition to Tickle You ‘Pink’," 11 Sep. 2018 Enter waist training: wearing a corset-like contraption (yes, like the ones from the 1500s) to cinch your core, hips, and back. Kenny Thapoung, Marie Claire, "Celebrities Swear by It, but Is Waist Training Actually Healthy?," 24 Mar. 2016 More: Tiffany Haddish still won't say who bit Beyonce at Turner programming reveal Making way for Mugler Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader fashioned this corset of patent leather especially for the Formation singer. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "See Beyonce's jaw-dropping, high-fashion looks from her 'On the Run II' tour with Jay-Z," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The empowered woman showed everything in an act of continuing rebellion against the corseted and covered-up femininity of centuries past. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018 There’s one ensemble here by Alexander McQueen: A black corseted gown over motorcycle pants. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 Candice Donnelly’s period-hopping costumes include checked suits and corseted gowns, and a lot of hair dye. New York Times, "Review: With Help From a Gun, a ‘Twelfth Night’ Goes Dark," 14 May 2018

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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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