corsage

[ kawr-sahzh ]
/ kɔrˈsɑʒ /

noun

a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
the body or waist of a dress; bodice.

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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British Dictionary definitions for corsage

corsage

/ (kɔːˈsɑːʒ) /

noun

a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel, bosom, etc, or sometimes carried by women
the bodice of a dress

Word Origin for corsage

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

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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