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

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But women didn’t start wearing their actual underwear as outerwear until the 1980s, when the corset and bra top trend took off, with Madonna as chief instigator, aided and abetted by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier. Nancy Mcdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Rich History of Women’s Underwear as Outerwear," 13 Nov. 2018 Bella Hadid wore a pink corset of her own on a recent date with The Weeknd, and Kendall Jenner made the lingerie look athleisure-approved by pairing a white bustier with Adidas track pants. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Corset and Cargo Pants to a Basketball Game With Levi Meaden," 5 Nov. 2018 Her long, acid-yellow hair matched her corset-style top and short-sleeved tuxedo jacket from the brand’s Yellow Label. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Celebs Are All Dyeing Their Hair Neon Colors for Fall," 14 Sep. 2018 The corset of the 1880s was an armpit-to-hip garment stiffened with whalebone stays, which helped the hips support heavy skirts that hung from the waist. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 And the most expensive piece doesn’t even hit $100 — the corset is the priciest piece at $89. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Rihanna Says Her Wedding Gift for Prince Harry and Meghan Will Be 'Extreme'," 11 May 2018 Getting into character apparently required that Stone wear a corset during filming, which had some unintended consequences. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Emma Stone on the 'Gross' Way Wearing a Corset for a Role Changed Her Body," 28 Oct. 2018 At Erdem and Margiela, men walked the runway in jacquard frocks and tightly laced corsets, while at Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton, butch-ish women in boxy suits were mixed in with floral dresses and space age coats. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the People, Trends, and Products That Will Rule Fashion in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The seven-part series, which comes to Amazon Prime on Friday, is still set during the early, corset-constrained 19th century. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "‘Vanity Fair’ TV Series Gets a Pop Soundtrack," 15 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cyrus chose an ivory silk satin corseted draped gown by Vivienne Westwood. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress as She Dances to 'Uptown Funk'," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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