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[kawr-sahzh] /kɔrˈsɑʒ/
a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
the body or waist of a dress; bodice.
Origin of corsage
1475-85; < Middle French: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equivalent to cors body (< Latin corpus) + -age -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then from inside her corsage she brought out and held to Sidney a letter.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The corsage was then put on and—wonderful to relate—it fitted her to perfection.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • And compelled to slip back to the ballroom, she crushed the note into her corsage.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Hastily she thrust the message in her corsage and quietly left the room.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • The gypsy's corsage slipped through his hands like the skin of an eel.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • "They came from the heart and I love them," she said as she fastened them in her corsage.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • So simple, and only a bunch of violets in her corsage for all ornament!

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • Polly found her giving a plaid ribbon and a corsage nosegay to Sary.

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • She had flowers on her corsage, and in her hair, and what flowers, Monsieur?

British Dictionary definitions for corsage


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel, bosom, etc, or sometimes carried by women
the bodice of a dress
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from cors body, from Latin corpus
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Word Origin and History for corsage

late 15c., "size of the body," from Old French cors "body" (see corpse); the meaning "body of a woman's dress, bodice" is from 1818 in fashion plates translated from French; 1843 in a clearly English context. Sense of "a bouquet worn on the bodice" is 1911, American English, apparently from French bouquet de corsage "bouquet of the bodice."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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