some sort of underneath waist stiffened with whalebone an such like used esp by females a corset remains
- section of a gown over the waist
- some sort of under waist stiffened with whalebone, etc., used esp. by women; a corset; remains.
- A close-fitting outer waistline or vest forming the upper part of a female's gown, or a percentage of it.
1560s, oddly spelled plural of body, name of a tight-fitting Elizabethan apparel covering the torso; plural as the body emerged in two components which fastened in the middle. Bodice-ripper for "racy relationship novel" is from 1981.
(letter.) A type of underneath waist stiffened with whalebone, etc., worn out esp. by women; a corset; stays.
- (n.) A close-fitting external waistline or vest forming the upper element of a woman's gown, or some from it.
It was an off-the-shoulder style with spaghetti straps to hold up the bodice and a full skirt that made her waist look small.