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
Related formscor·set·less, adjectiveun·cor·set·ed, adjectivewell-cor·set·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of corseted

Historical Examples of corseted

  • But to the last, the Germans were all-unconscious of what went on behind their corseted backs.

    Caught by the Turks

    Francis Yeats-Brown

  • Also, dandies from the city, corseted and buckramed, who had come to see the humors of Brighton Fair.

  • His mind persisted in picturing the two corseted young men who stepped from the elevator so suddenly.

  • In a fever she corseted herself, creamed her face, set a coiffeur to work his will on her hair.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for corseted


    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
  1. informal a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
  2. 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

Word Origin for corset

C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
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Word Origin and History for corseted



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