bosom [booz-uhm, boo-zuhm] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for bosom on noun

  1. the breast of a human being.
  2. the breasts of a woman.
  3. the part of a garment that covers the breast.
  4. the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
  5. something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
  6. a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness: the bosom of the family.


  1. of, relating to, or worn on or over the bosom.
  2. intimate or confidential: a bosom friend.

verb (used with object)

  1. to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
  2. to hide from view; conceal.

Origin of bosom before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m; cognate with Dutch boesem, German Busen Synonyms for bosom See more synonyms for on 4. heart, affection. 8. close, cherished, boon, dear. Related Words for bosom chest, bust, teats, conscience, center, inside, soul, interior, circle, spirit, sympathies, emotions, feelings, sentiments Examples from the Web for bosom Contemporary Examples of bosom

  • Close by, a fat woman was holding a small brown-and-white dog to her bosom.

    Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis

    Stanley Booth

    June 7, 2014

  • Although he “returned to the bosom of my family after the nightmare years,” he often thought about his fallen comrades.

    Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare

    Marc Wortman

    May 1, 2014

  • Arriving in Boston was like landing upon the bosom of serenity from the derangement of a war zone.

    Paul Theroux: The Day Boston Felt the World’s Pain

    Paul Theroux

    May 16, 2013

  • With Mofaz folding himself back into the bosom of the Likud, it is hard to see just what change is getting started.

    You Missed It, Mofaz

    Bernard Avishai

    July 9, 2012

  • Other series starring roles: The Powers That Be, Bosom Buddies, and, currently, Two and a Half Men.

    2012 Summit: Who’s On Stage

    March 6, 2012

  • Historical Examples of bosom

  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.

    The Old Manse (From “Mosses From An Old Manse”)

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • British Dictionary definitions for bosom bosom noun

    1. the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
    2. the part of a woman’s dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
    3. a protective centre or partthe bosom of the family
    4. the breast considered as the seat of emotions
    5. (modifier) very dear; intimatea bosom friend

    verb (tr)

    1. to embrace
    2. to conceal or carry in the bosom

    Word Origin for bosom Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam Word Origin and History for bosom n.

    Old English bosm “breast; womb; surface; ship’s hold,” from West Germanic *bosm- (cf. Old Frisian bosm, Old Saxon bosom, Middle Dutch boesem, Dutch boezem, Old High German buosam, German Busen “bosom, breast”), perhaps from PIE root *bhou- “to grow, swell,” or *bhaghus “arm” (in which case the primary notion would be “enclosure formed by the breast and the arms”). Narrowed meaning “a woman’s breasts” is from 1959; but bosomy “big-breasted” is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.

    bosom in Medicine bosom [buz′əm, bōō′zəm] n.

    1. The chest of a human.
    2. A woman’s breast or breasts.

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