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



BrE BrE//ˈkɔːsɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrsɪt//
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a piece of women’s underwear, fitting the body tightly, worn especially in the past to make the waist look smaller See related entries: Clothes Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of cors ‘body’, from Latin corpus. The sense ‘close-fitting undergarment’ dates from the late 18th cent., by which time the sense ‘bodice’ had mainly historical reference.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: corset