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Definition part of a dress above the waist

or more archaically:  a type of women's underwear worn above the waste
  • Her yellow pagne is double-wrapped and her ornate bodice cut low on her large bosom.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "Hi," he said as he got close, reaching out with the pin toward my bodice, his breath hot and sweet.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • She did not wear a low-cut bodice and the large brooch which was fixed in the front of her collar bore on it an Irish device and motto.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The bodice of her dress was ragged, a nondescript tawny colour, with stains on it.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And Mrs. Bread stroked her black satin bodice.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I felt in my bodice and again in my waistband, I shook out the folds of my sari, but there was no doubt the money was gone.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Why do you and I wear open-work silk stockings, skirts to our knees, gowns without sleeves or bodices?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • But they were such large breasts, straining against the bodice of her polka-dot dress, and she was wearing big white sandals with high heels.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I said at the time that the bodice should be cut longer, and made of two widths.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • With her bandaged forefinger she dug out a slender chain which hung around her neck and pulled the chain's burden up from her bodice.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She had chosen to wear a yellow sundress, which showed off her tanned, muscular arms and hugged her bodice tightly.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • It has a tight bodice, a low neck, a full skirt; it brushes against my bare legs as I walk.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Now this was written at a time when the black limber bone of the Greenland or Right whale was largely used in ladies' bodices.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Her dress was void black, mixed with the colors of a space nebula, as if galaxies were being born in her bodice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • "Now, Katniss, because this bodice is so fitted, I don't want you raising your arms above your head.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Next moment the stairs creaked and Mrs Perks came down, buttoning her bodice.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Girls in dresses with low backs, with scooped bodices showing actual cleavage, with Empire waists.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Genet, too, was transformed, radiant, wearing a traditional cotton skirt and tight bodice, with a matching shama around her shoulders.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The woman was positively known to have worn handkerchiefs in her bodice as padding—oh, the town had simply roared at her.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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