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

Examples of corsetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the looks in the collection are almost couture-esque, incorporating feathers (something new for the brand) as well as new techniques of beading and corsetry and crystals in the evening wear. Allyson Portee, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2024 Two specialist disciplines are offered — costume design and costume interpretation — and courses such as corsetry and tutu construction make the program distinctive. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 Small classes of six students experience a hands-on emphasis on various disciplines from corsetry, leatherwork and tailoring to millinery, fabric dyeing and costume cutting. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 And although the French house traditionally snips the ribbons of corsetry, this season marks a return to imperfect looks, with tulle, lace, and pleats married with hair bows and highlighters dancing atop cheekbones for their Spring-Summer 2024 collection. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 23 Jan. 2024 The female body, exaggerated to beyond-Jessica Rabbit, beyond-Kardashian proportions with hip padding and corsetry, was presented as dramatic, luxurious, and even a little frightening. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 But naturally, bombastic creative director Daniel Roseberry made the proportions – and inner corsetry–extreme. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2024 Gibbons had created his very own fashion Frankenstein’s monster: a playful synthesis of sportswear and corsetry. Liam Hess, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 She was perfectly suited to the neoclassical silhouette that became fashionable during the first decade of the nineteenth century, which skimmed the natural contours of a body no longer scaffolded by the elaborate corsetry of the eighteenth. Kathryn Hughes, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2023

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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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“Corsetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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