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[kawr-sahzh] /kɔrˈsɑʒ/

a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
the body or waist of a dress; bodice.
a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel, bosom, etc, or sometimes carried by women
the bodice of a dress

late 15c., “size of the body,” from Old French cors “body” (see 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 bodice” is 1911, American English, apparently from French bouquet de corsage “bouquet of the bodice.”


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