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corselet

[kawr-suh-let for 1; kawrs-lit for 2]
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noun
  1. Also cor·se·lette. a woman's lightweight foundation garment combining a brassiere and girdle in one piece.
  2. Also corslet. Armor.
    1. a suit of light half armor or three-quarter armor of the 16th century or later.
    2. cuirass(def 1).
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Origin of corselet

1490–1500; < Middle French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -elet -let
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Related Words for corselet

underwear, bodice, support, corselet

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Historical Examples of corselet

  • I will do it; but will wear the corselet and buckle on my sword.

    Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight

    Mathew Joseph Holt

  • Armed as he was with corselet, cuissarts, and headpiece, he sank to trouble them no more.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Sergius' head-piece was gone, but he glanced at his own corselet and then at Decius.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • My saddle is my throne and my helmet is my crown, my corselet is my robe of state.

  • He was unarmed, save by a corselet richly embossed with gold.


British Dictionary definitions for corselet

corselet

noun
  1. a piece of armour for the top part of the bodyAlso spelt: corslet
  2. a one-piece foundation garment, usually combining a brassiere and a corset
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Word Origin for corselet

C15: from Old French, from cors bodice of a garment, from Latin corpus body
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