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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: bodies, plural of body

bodice

noun
     
bod‧ice [countable]
1DCC the part of a woman's dress above her waist
2DCC a tight-fitting woman's waistcoat worn over a blouse in former times
3DCC old use a piece of woman's underwear that covers the upper part of her body [= corset]
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