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corsage

[kawr-sahzh]
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noun
  1. a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
  2. the body or waist of a dress; bodice.
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Origin of corsage

1475–85; < Middle French: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equivalent to cors body (< Latin corpus) + -age -age
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  • Then from inside her corsage she brought out and held to Sidney a letter.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The corsage was then put on and—wonderful to relate—it fitted her to perfection.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • And compelled to slip back to the ballroom, she crushed the note into her corsage.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • Hastily she thrust the message in her corsage and quietly left the room.

  • The gypsy's corsage slipped through his hands like the skin of an eel.


British Dictionary definitions for corsage

corsage

noun
  1. a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel, bosom, etc, or sometimes carried by women
  2. the bodice of a dress
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from cors body, from Latin corpus
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Word Origin and History for corsage

n.

late 15c., "size of the body," from Old French cors "body" (see corpse); the meaning "body of a woman's dress, bodice" is from 1818 in fashion plates translated from French; 1843 in a clearly English context. Sense of "a bouquet worn on the bodice" is 1911, American English, apparently from French bouquet de corsage "bouquet of the bodice."

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