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corset

[ kawr-sit ]
/ ˈkɔr sɪt /
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noun

Sometimes corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.

verb (used with object)

to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
to regulate strictly; constrict.

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Origin of corset

1225–75; Middle English <Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et-et

OTHER WORDS FROM corset

cor·set·less, adjectiveun·cor·set·ed, adjectivewell-cor·set·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for corset

corset
/ (ˈkɔːsɪt) /

noun

  1. a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
  2. a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
informal a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century

verb

(tr) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset

Word Origin for corset

C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
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