Etymology
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stays (n.)

"laced underbodice," c. 1600, from plural of stay (n.1). Also compare bodice.

updated on November 26, 2013

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Definitions of stays from WordNet

stays (n.)
a woman's close-fitting foundation garment;
Synonyms: corset / girdle
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.