[ kawr-sit ]
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  1. 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)
  1. to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.

  2. to regulate strictly; constrict.

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, adjective
  • un·cor·set·ed, adjective
  • well-cor·set·ed, adjective

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How to use corset in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for corset


/ (ˈkɔːsɪt) /

    • 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

    • a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex

  1. informal a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending

  1. a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century

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

Origin of corset

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

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