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[booz-uhm, boo-zuhm]
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  1. the breast of a human being.
  2. the breasts of a woman.
  3. the part of a garment that covers the breast.
  4. the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
  5. something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
  6. a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness: the bosom of the family.
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  1. of, relating to, or worn on or over the bosom.
  2. intimate or confidential: a bosom friend.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
  2. to hide from view; conceal.
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Origin of bosom

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m; cognate with Dutch boesem, German Busen

Synonyms for bosom

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4. heart, affection. 8. close, cherished, boon, dear.
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Related Words for bosom

chest, bust, conscience, center, inside, soul, interior, circle, spirit, sympathies, emotions, feelings, sentiments

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Contemporary Examples of bosom

Historical Examples of bosom

  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.

  • But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for bosom


  1. the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
  2. the part of a woman's dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
  3. a protective centre or partthe bosom of the family
  4. the breast considered as the seat of emotions
  5. (modifier) very dear; intimatea bosom friend
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verb (tr)
  1. to embrace
  2. to conceal or carry in the bosom
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Word Origin for bosom

Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bosom


Old English bosm "breast; womb; surface; ship's hold," from West Germanic *bosm- (cf. Old Frisian bosm, Old Saxon bosom, Middle Dutch boesem, Dutch boezem, Old High German buosam, German Busen "bosom, breast"), perhaps from PIE root *bhou- "to grow, swell," or *bhaghus "arm" (in which case the primary notion would be "enclosure formed by the breast and the arms"). Narrowed meaning "a woman's breasts" is from 1959; but bosomy "big-breasted" is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.

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bosom in Medicine


(buzəm, bōōzəm)
  1. The chest of a human.
  2. A woman's breast or breasts.
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