- the breast of a human being.
- the breasts of a woman.
- the part of a garment that covers the breast.
- the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
- something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
- a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness: the bosom of the family.
- of, relating to, or worn on or over the bosom.
- intimate or confidential: a bosom friend.
- to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
- to hide from view; conceal.
Origin of bosom
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Examples from the Web for bosom
Close by, a fat woman was holding a small brown-and-white dog to her bosom.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Although he “returned to the bosom of my family after the nightmare years,” he often thought about his fallen comrades.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare
May 1, 2014
Arriving in Boston was like landing upon the bosom of serenity from the derangement of a war zone.Paul Theroux: The Day Boston Felt the World’s Pain
May 16, 2013
With Mofaz folding himself back into the bosom of the Likud, it is hard to see just what change is getting started.You Missed It, Mofaz
July 9, 2012
Other series starring roles: The Powers That Be, Bosom Buddies, and, currently, Two and a Half Men.2012 Summit: Who's On Stage
March 6, 2012
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.Biographical Sketches
But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.Weighed and Wanting
Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
- the part of a woman's dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
- a protective centre or partthe bosom of the family
- the breast considered as the seat of emotions
- (modifier) very dear; intimatea bosom friend
- to embrace
- to conceal or carry in the bosom
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.
- The chest of a human.
- A woman's breast or breasts.