- 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.
- to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
- to regulate strictly; constrict.
Origin of corset
1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et -et
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Examples from the Web for corset
Stephanie Jones of Texas says she has lost 24 pounds since she started wearing a corset regularly last August.
Also, the medical support for the efficacy of the corset diet, let alone its safety, is questionable.
Wearing a corset can restrict oxygenation, which is needed to help your body function, including your metabolism.
Even worse, wearing a corset could actually end up hindering weight loss goals.
According to TheCorsetDiet.com, you can shed up to six pounds a week from wearing a corset.
Not a food, corset, or collar which has not its artist working for it!Another Sheaf
So Lydia sank upon the zone left by the corset and stockings.The Prisoner
The waist belt enforces the evils which the corset and skirts inaugurate.The Arena
To this corset may be fixed two or three bands of silver coins.Children of Borneo
Edwin Herbert Gomes
This is often caused by the pressure of corset and skirts upon the waist.Papers on Health
- 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
- informal a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
- a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
- (tr) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
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Word Origin and History for corset
c.1300, "kind of laced bodice," from Old French corset (13c.) "bodice, tunic," diminutive of cors "body" (see corps). Meaning "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment" is from 1795.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper