Bodice



a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, especially a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.
the part of a woman’s dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist.
Compare waist (def 4).
Obsolete. stays or a corset.
Contemporary Examples

Gareth Pugh’s Sci-Fi Galaxy Liza Foreman September 24, 2013
My Mom’s Life as a Playboy Bunny Susanna Speier September 24, 2011
Felicity Jones Is Bound for Stardom Marlow Stern December 28, 2013
Diane Kruger Couldn’t Pee in Her Dior Dress; Lady Gaga Takes Sides in De la Renta v. Horyn The Daily Beast September 18, 2012

Historical Examples

French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France Marie de France
A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
Jaffery William J. Locke
L’Assommoir Emile Zola
The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6 Eugne Sue
The Fat and the Thin Emile Zola

noun
the upper part of a woman’s dress, from the shoulder to the waist
a tight-fitting corset worn laced over a blouse, as in certain national costumes, or (formerly) as a woman’s undergarment
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