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.
the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist.: Compare waist (def. 4).
Obsolete. stays or a corset.
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How to use bodice in a sentence
A gilded dove brooch — a sign of peace — was affixed to the bodice of Gaga’s jacket.
The coat, with fitted bodice, nipped-in waist, and full skirt, created a familiar silhouette for Kate.
A stoic figure in a white floor length dress and razor-tailored bodice was accessorized with a giant bull skull as a mask.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since the film is set in the 19th century, Jones was outfitted in a series of Victorian era gowns, replete with bodice and bustle.
This bodice-ripper about Restoration England, banned in fourteen US states, was the bestselling novel in 1940s America.
Many of the looks, like a bodice worn with a figure-hugging pencil skirt, remained seductive and sexy despite its muted colors.
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!The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
One relative goes clamorously into the divorce court while another wins celebration by the showy style of a bodice.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for bodice
the upper part of a woman's dress, from the shoulder to the waist
a tight-fitting corset worn laced over a blouse, as in certain national costumes, or (formerly) as a woman's undergarment
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