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



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːsɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrsɪt//
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  1. 1 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
  2. 2a piece of clothing that fits the body tightly, worn to support a weak or injured back He has taken to jogging in a corset to keep in shape.
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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 The sense ‘close-fitting undergarment’ dates from the late 18th cent., by which time the sense ‘bodice’ had mainly historical reference.
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