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.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncorseted

Historical Examples of uncorseted

  • It usually fastens behind, and the uncorseted figure is outlined.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

  • Uncorseted woman is unhappy woman, and the girl of whom the versatile journalist writes died long ago.

  • You sometimes catch glimpses of busy women, fat and uncorseted.

  • Like that defunct noodle, her mother, she lived solely for clothes and poetry and the admiration of the uncorseted sex.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • A subtle charm came from her streaming65 hair and her uncorseted and graceful figure.

    The Moccasin Ranch

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for uncorseted



  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


(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 uncorseted



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