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Definition of "bodice" []

  • The fitted part of a dress that extends from the waist to the shoulder. (noun)
  • A woman's laced outer garment, worn like a vest over a blouse. (noun)
  • Obsolete A corset. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bodice" in a sentence
  • "The term bodice ripper is used only once and buried within the longer piece."
  • "The close fitting bodice is of silver tissue and the long transparent sleeves of tulle are bound loosely to the arm by twists of frosted silver ruching."
  • "Abillowy frock of mauve and pink tulle, with a tiny jewelled bodice, is completedby a tinted wig in the same primula shade, while glittering bracelets, caught withwisps of tulle, show up the fairylike wrists manipulating a great fan of snow-whiteplumes."