cor·​set·​ry ˈkȯr-sə-trē How to pronounce corsetry (audio)
: underwear (such as corsets, girdles, and brassieres) meant to shape a woman's body

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Friday, before the ball, the fan club put on a corsetry fashion show and a Bazaar Bizarre selling witchy goods. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2022 Distressed denim, the punk exuberance and corsetry of Vivienne Westwood’s heyday and lashings of Americana references — like a loose sheeny biker jacket — defined the often-saleable 31-look display. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 27 Sep. 2022 Worn with corsetry, dark leather, and heavy boots, however, any pair of opera gloves (not just the pleather and latex ones) takes on a punk edge. Jake Smith, Glamour, 21 Sep. 2022 Most models didn’t wear bras, so perhaps after two years of casual corsetry dominating the trend cycle, the girls need a breather. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Sep. 2022 Now, muse Hailey Bieber has become one of the first to road-test Donatella’s new-season corsetry, fresh from the catwalk. Alice Cary, Vogue, 30 June 2022 The little top, in this case, became corsetry worthy of a black tie affair paired with equally fancy and oversized trousers. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 19 July 2022 So were his trademark couture shapes — tight corsetry atop exuberant skirts — cut with a dash of sportswear and a splash of wit and mixed up with big, blowsy suiting in streetwear-meets-C-Suite proportions. New York Times, 8 June 2022 The technologically savvy bodices at Christian Dior and metal bustiers at Balmain are pushing corsetry into the future—less mode of seduction, more mode of protection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corsetry was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Corsetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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