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[kawr-sit] /ˈkɔr sɪt/
Sometimes, corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.
verb (used with object)
to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
to regulate strictly; constrict.
Origin of corset
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et -et
Related forms
corsetless, adjective
uncorseted, adjective
well-corseted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for corset
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  • Not a food, corset, or collar which has not its artist working for it!

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • So Lydia sank upon the zone left by the corset and stockings.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The waist belt enforces the evils which the corset and skirts inaugurate.

    The Arena Various
  • To this corset may be fixed two or three bands of silver coins.

    Children of Borneo Edwin Herbert Gomes
  • This is often caused by the pressure of corset and skirts upon the waist.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
British Dictionary definitions for corset


  1. a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
  2. a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
(informal) a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
(transitive) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for corset

c.1300, "kind of laced bodice," from Old French corset (13c.) "bodice, tunic," diminutive of cors "body" (see corps). Meaning "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment" is from 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for corset



A bulletproof vest; flak jacket (1920s+ Police & underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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