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  1. a richly ornamented garment covering the stomach and chest, worn by both sexes in the 15th and 16th centuries, and later worn under a bodice by women.
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Origin of stomacher

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at stomach, -er1
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Examples from the Web for stomacher

Historical Examples

  • Her flaring collar of lace and the stomacher were worked in pearls.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • Her stomacher was worked with bright beads on scarlet cloth.

  • Over the shirt the bosom is often covered with a stomacher of cloth or leather.


    Frederick Shoberl

  • "A narrow piece of wood or metal to support the stomacher," Gl.

  • The ‘échelle’ is a stomacher laced with ribbons in rungs like a ladder.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

British Dictionary definitions for stomacher


  1. a decorative V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach by men and women in the 16th century, later only by women
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