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From bodies, plural of body (upper part of a dress)



bodice (plural bodices)

  1. (fashion) A sleeveless shirt for women, sometimes provided with detachable sleeves.
  2. (fashion) Blouse; any shirt for women, particularly the upper part of a two-piece dress or European folk costume.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 1, in Crime out of Mind[1]:
      On the cover of the leaflet advertising the Alpenrose Gasthof in Zirl am Gurgl […] there is a decorative picture of a young woman. She is wearing Tyrolese costume: the low-cut white bodice with cross-laced velvet waistcoat, the floral apron and dirndl skirt.
  3. (fashion) The upper portion of a women's one-piece dress, equivalent to a shirt.
  4. (fashion) Underbodice: an undershirt for women, (archaic) particularly a corset or other undershirt stiffened with whalebone.


  • (sleeveless shirt for women): jelick (Ottoman Turkish version); dudou (Chinese version); yem (Chinese version in Vietnamese contexts); angiya (Indian Muslim version); jumps (obsolete European version)
  • (sleeved shirt for women): See blouse
  • (undershirt for women): See underbodice


  • (sleeveless shirt for women): plastron (decorated front area)
  • (upper part of a dress): robing (decorative trim)

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