1979, from French bustier, from buste "bust" (see breasts (n.1)).
A garment like a corset this is certainly like a mix waistline cinch and brassiere. It concludes in the waist or also includes the hips. Previously an undergarment that has been sometimes called a merry widow, it is currently worn as a woman's top, is normally strapless, that can be made from highly ornamental fabric.
a close-fitting and strapless top without sleeves which worn by women either as lingerie and for night gown
boob tube [Br.] [coll.]
- lace-up straight back bustier
- halter top [coll.]
- tube top [Am.]
- bustier [esp. Am.]
- cami top
- crop top [esp. Am.]
- pullover bra
- bra top