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corsage (n.)

late 15c., "size of the body" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French corsage "bust, trunk, body" (12c.), from cors "body," from Latin corpus "body" (from PIE root *kwrep- "body, form, appearance").

The meaning "body of a woman's dress, bodice" is from 1818 in fashion plates translated from French; by 1843 in a clearly English context. Sense of "a bouquet worn on the bodice" is 1911, American English, apparently from French bouquet de corsage "bouquet of the bodice."

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