corset

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noun

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

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verb

corseted; corseting; corsets

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Christina Ricci wears a black Vivienne Westwood with a jeweled corset top and train. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2022 The very on-trend outfit included a corset top, the designer's beloved Kiki platform boots (How fitting: Kikis for Keke), and a low-slung skirt. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 20 July 2022 Oldest daughter Olivia wore a black corset dress with fishnet stockings and combat boots, next to Annabel who wore a masquerade mask with a floral dress and elbow-length gloves. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2022 In an all-black corset top and cutout jeans combo, topped with sunglasses and large Cuban link chain, Megan dominated the stage with a confident flow and powerful delivery. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2022 The dress from the Zuhair Murad Bridal Spring Summer 2023 Collection features a corset bodice, fishtail train and matching veil. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 One of the standout looks from the choreography-heavy show involves a micro school girl skirt, thigh-high leather boots, a tough belt-slash-corset, and a biker top embellished with thick leather shoulder pads. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2022 Gorgeously made-up, with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, a corset, and a cloak, Inanna set forth. Roberto Calasso, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 The strapless ivory bridal gown featured a sheer corset bodice with white ribbon boning sewn into the waist. ELLE, 20 Mar. 2022
Verb
The high-neck long-sleeve bodysuit, jersey boots, corset mini dress and gloves — all in a subtle floral pattern — emulated her style evolution from casual to high-fashion. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2022 Extend the shelf life of your slip dresses and corset tops by investing in a tight turtleneck to wear underneath them. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 26 Aug. 2022 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. refinery29.com, 25 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of cors

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corset was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corset. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corset 1 of 2

noun

cor·​set ˈkȯr-sət How to pronounce corset (audio)
: a woman's tight stiff undergarment worn to support or give shape to waist and hips

corset

2 of 2

verb

: to dress in or fit with a corset

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