Corsage (bodice)


Corsage (bodice)

Corsage refers to the bodice of a dress. In the 19th century, corsage was a common term for a woman's bodice or jacket.

In modern usage, corsage is often confused with a corset, but a corset is tighter. A bridal corset is often a corsage.

Originally, a bouquet of flowers, flower bud, or a bow was worn on the corsage between the breasts, hence the name corsage for a cluster of flowers worn on the breast, waist or wrist.

Recently, it is a cluster of flowers given to one's date at a prom or formal dance to wear on either a dress or a wrist.



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  • corsage — late 15c., size of the body, from O.Fr. cors body (see CORPSE (Cf. corpse)); the meaning body of a woman s dress, bodice is from 1818 in fashion plates translated from French; 1843 in a clearly English context. Sense of a bouquet worn on the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Corsage — Cor sage (k[^o]r s[asl]j), n. [F. See {Corset}.] 1. The waist or bodice of a lady s dress; as, a low corsage. 2. (k[^o]r*s[aum]zh ) a flower or small arrangement of flowers worn by a person as a personal ornament. Typically worn by women on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corsage — ► NOUN 1) a spray of flowers worn pinned to a woman s clothes. 2) the bodice of a woman s dress. ORIGIN French, from Old French cors body …   English terms dictionary

  • corsage — [kôr säzh′, kôrsäj′] n. [Fr < OFr cors: see CORPS & AGE] 1. the bodice of a dress ☆ 2. a small bouquet for a woman to wear, as at the waist or shoulder …   English World dictionary

  • corsage — /kawr sahzh /, n. 1. a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman. 2. the body or waist of a dress; bodice. [1475 85; < MF: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equiv. to cors body ( < L corpus) + age …   Universalium

  • Bodice — A bodice is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. The term comes from pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two pieces that fastened together, frequently by lacing).In common usage,… …   Wikipedia

  • corsage — noun Etymology: French, bust, bodice, from Old French, bust, from cors body, from Latin corpus Date: 1830 1. the waist or bodice of a dress 2. an arrangement of flowers worn as a fashion accessory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • corsage — cor•sage [[t]kɔrˈsɑʒ[/t]] n. a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, etc., by a woman • Etymology: 1475–85; < MF: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage) =cors body (< L corpus) + age age …   From formal English to slang

  • corsage — noun /kɔːˈsɑːʒ/ A small bouquet of flowers, originally worn attached to the bodice of a womans dress …   Wiktionary

  • corsage — Synonyms and related words: blouse, bodice, boughpot, bouquet, boutonniere, buttonhole, chaplet, dickey, festoon, flower arrangement, garland, lei, linen, nosegay, posy, shift, shirt, spray, waist, wreath …   Moby Thesaurus


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