- Sometimes corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.
verb (used with object)
- to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
- to regulate strictly; constrict.
- a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
- a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
- informal a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
- a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
- (tr) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
n.c.1300, “kind of laced bodice,” from Old French corset (13c.) “bodice, tunic,” diminutive of cors “body” (see corps). Meaning “stiff supporting and constricting undergarment” is from 1795.