Definition of bodice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɒdɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːdɪs//
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the top part of a woman’s dress, above the waist Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally bodies): plural of body, retaining the original pronunciation. The term probably first denoted an undergarment, then known as a pair of bodice, although this sense is not recorded until the early 17th cent.
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