corset

noun
cor·set | \ˈkȯr-sət \

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

corset

verb
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

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Starting at puberty, women were expected to wear heavy floor-length skirts, rigid corsets, and tight, pointy-toed shoes. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The most stunning result was a dramatic sleeve design, extending from a corset on the body to envelop the arm in a lattice-like structure, which called to mind the shapes on the face of the famous Catalan cathedral. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Couture Week: Elie Saab Says 'Ole,' Viktor & Rolf Say 'Remember When?'," 5 July 2018 In a similar vein, why did Dolores wear that corset for so long? William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "‘Westworld’ Episode 10 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Passenger’ and Season 2's finale," 24 June 2018 Only those who were prepared to be social outcasts would dare to be without a corset. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Victorian fashions showcased during unique hospital fundraiser," 18 June 2018 Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier look not only paid homage to her role in popularizing religious iconography in fashion, but reunited her with her longtime fashion collaborator, Gaultier, the creative genius behind her infamous cone bra corset. Cady Lang, Time, "Madonna's 2018 Met Gala Dress Is Just Like a Prayer," 8 May 2018 Their corsets were visible under sheer scrims of chiffon set into flannel jackets, marbelized sequins monumentalizing flesh. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "A Shades of Gray Show That Was Genuinely Worth Watching," 5 Mar. 2018 The Swiss-dot trimmed dress featured leather at the sleeves, a nice complement to the corset-like belt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Moss Has Just the Right Styling Trick to Transform a Little Black Dress," 13 July 2018 Emily paired the oversized hat with a delicate tank top with corset-like details and rolled-up jean shorts. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Wears Oversized Straw Hat in Greece," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the design’s first public iteration, the tower morphed in stages from a square-sided base to a bundle of four elliptical tubes, passing through a middle zone that had a puffy, tufted look, like corseted flesh. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Superhuman City," 18 Apr. 2018 Big day bags in jewel tones and calf-corseting gladiator pumps are new to the lineup. Phoebe Eaton, Harper's BAZAAR, "L'Wren Scott Rocks," 23 Mar. 2011 Her waist was corseted, and her nose affixed with prosthetics. refinery29.com, "Why Now Is The Right Time For A Judy Garland Biopic," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of corset

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corset

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of cors

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corset

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corset

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

corset

noun
cor·set | \ˈkȯr-sət \

Kids Definition of corset

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

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