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  1. a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, especially a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.

  2. the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist.: Compare waist (def. 4).

  1. Obsolete. stays or a corset.

Origin of bodice

1560–70; bodies, plural of body

Words Nearby bodice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bodice in a sentence

  • Many of the looks, like a bodice worn with a figure-hugging pencil skirt, remained seductive and sexy despite its muted colors.

    Gareth Pugh's Sci-Fi Galaxy | Liza Foreman | September 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She sighed, and unperceived her hand went up to her bodice, where she wore a little silver cross.

    A Butterfly on the Wheel | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The stays insisted a little cruelly on the lines of her figure, and the tight bodice betrayed her narrow-chested.

    Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • This wonder was accomplished by the magic power of a diabolical Rose which the lady carried in her bodice.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • Yes, that's her portrait on the wall,In quaint old-fangled bodice: Her eyes are blue—her waist is small—A ghost!

  • One relative goes clamorously into the divorce court while another wins celebration by the showy style of a bodice.

British Dictionary definitions for bodice


/ (ˈbɒdɪs) /

  1. the upper part of a woman's dress, from the shoulder to the waist

  2. a tight-fitting corset worn laced over a blouse, as in certain national costumes, or (formerly) as a woman's undergarment

Origin of bodice

C16: originally Scottish bodies, plural of body

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