cor·​set·​ry | \ ˈkȯr-sə-trē How to pronounce corsetry (audio) \

Definition of corsetry

: underwear (such as corsets, girdles, and brassieres) meant to shape a woman's body

Examples of corsetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1920s, Greek life had become a way for wealthy Southern belles like Zelda Fitzgerald to escape the restraints (literally and figuratively) of cotillion corsetry. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Sep. 2021 Think dreamy organza, corsetry details, and charming bows adorning just about everything, including super walkable kitten heels. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 15 June 2021 Demand for bridal corsets also soared 291%, consistent with a growing appreciation for corsetry across the board. Leah Dolan, CNN, 24 June 2021 Almost every piece in the collection evokes corsetry, only here, instead of rigid understructures, there are tiny slits lined with a fishnet-like textile. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 16 Apr. 2021 That might explain why the spring collections—largely conceived in lockdown—are heaving with corsetry. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2021 Stanley Tucci plays a travel-show host; Italy, with a bit of corsetry and airbrushing, plays itself. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2021 Agent Provocateur has luxury lingerie, classic corsetry, sumptuous nightwear, striking hosiery and more. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2021 Liberating women from corsetry — putting them in trouser suits, chemises, short skirts and sporty leisure wear — radically advanced the course of modern feminism while making Chanel an international icon. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of corsetry

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Corsetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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