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bodice (plural bodices)
- (fashion) A sleeveless shirt for women, sometimes provided with detachable sleeves.
- (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:
- 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.
- (fashion) The upper portion of a women's one-piece dress, equivalent to a shirt.
- (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)
sleeveless garment covering body from neck to waist