Meaning of bodice

bod•ice

Pronunciation: (bod'is), [key]
— n.
  1. a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, esp. a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.
  2. the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist. Cf. waist (def. 4).
  3. stays or a corset.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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