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 (bo͝oz′əm, bo͞o′zəm)
a. The chest of a human: He held the sleepy child to his bosom.
b. A woman's breast or breasts.
2. The part of a garment covering the chest or breasts.
3. The security and closeness likened to being held in a warm familial embrace: We welcomed the stranger into the bosom of our family.
4. The chest considered as the source of emotion.
Beloved; intimate: a bosom friend.

[Middle English, from Old English bōsm.]


1. (Anatomy) the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
2. (Clothing & Fashion) the part of a woman's dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
3. a protective centre or part: the bosom of the family.
4. the breast considered as the seat of emotions
5. (modifier) very dear; intimate: a bosom friend.
vb (tr)
6. to embrace
7. to conceal or carry in the bosom
[Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam]


(ˈbʊz əm, ˈbu zəm)
1. the breast of a human being: The father held the baby to his bosom.
2. the breasts of a woman.
3. the part of a garment that covers the breast.
4. the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions: Anger lay in her bosom.
5. something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
6. a state of enclosing intimacy: the bosom of the family.
7. intimate: a bosom friend.
8. to take to the bosom.
9. to conceal.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m]


1. 'breast'

A woman's breasts are the two soft, round pieces of flesh on her chest that can produce milk to feed a baby.

...a beggar girl with a baby at her breast.
...women with small breasts.
2. 'bust'

A woman's breasts can be referred to as her bust, especially when you are talking about their size. Note that bust refers to both breasts together. You do not talk about a woman's 'busts'.

She has a very large bust.

Bust is also used to talk about the measurement around the top part of a woman's body at the level of her breasts.

'Bust 34' means that the garment is a size 12.
3. 'bosom'

A woman's breasts can also be referred to as her bosom /'bʊzəm/. This is an old-fashioned or literary word.

...hugging the cat to her bosom.


Past participle: bosomed
Gerund: bosoming

I bosom
you bosom
he/she/it bosoms
we bosom
you bosom
they bosom
I bosomed
you bosomed
he/she/it bosomed
we bosomed
you bosomed
they bosomed
Present Continuous
I am bosoming
you are bosoming
he/she/it is bosoming
we are bosoming
you are bosoming
they are bosoming
Present Perfect
I have bosomed
you have bosomed
he/she/it has bosomed
we have bosomed
you have bosomed
they have bosomed
Past Continuous
I was bosoming
you were bosoming
he/she/it was bosoming
we were bosoming
you were bosoming
they were bosoming
Past Perfect
I had bosomed
you had bosomed
he/she/it had bosomed
we had bosomed
you had bosomed
they had bosomed
I will bosom
you will bosom
he/she/it will bosom
we will bosom
you will bosom
they will bosom
Future Perfect
I will have bosomed
you will have bosomed
he/she/it will have bosomed
we will have bosomed
you will have bosomed
they will have bosomed
Future Continuous
I will be bosoming
you will be bosoming
he/she/it will be bosoming
we will be bosoming
you will be bosoming
they will be bosoming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bosoming
you have been bosoming
he/she/it has been bosoming
we have been bosoming
you have been bosoming
they have been bosoming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bosoming
you will have been bosoming
he/she/it will have been bosoming
we will have been bosoming
you will have been bosoming
they will have been bosoming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bosoming
you had been bosoming
he/she/it had been bosoming
we had been bosoming
you had been bosoming
they had been bosoming
I would bosom
you would bosom
he/she/it would bosom
we would bosom
you would bosom
they would bosom
Past Conditional
I would have bosomed
you would have bosomed
he/she/it would have bosomed
we would have bosomed
you would have bosomed
they would have bosomed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bosom - the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; "his bosom was bursting with the secret"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
concealment, privateness, secrecy, privacy - the condition of being concealed or hidden
2.bosom - a person's breast or chest
breast, chest - the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen; "he beat his breast in anger"
3.bosom - cloth that covers the chest or breasts
cloth covering - a covering made of cloth
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
4.bosom - a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
5.bosom - the locus of feelings and intuitionsbosom - the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"
hunch, suspicion, intuition - an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"
6.bosom - either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a womanbosom - either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
adult female body, woman's body - the body of an adult woman
lactiferous duct - ducts of the mammary gland that carry milk to the nipple
mammary gland, mamma - milk-secreting organ of female mammals
ring of color, areola - small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite
Verb1.bosom - hide in one's bosom; "She bosomed his letters"
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"
2.bosom - squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"
clasp - hold firmly and tightly
clinch - embrace amorously
cuddle - hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; "I cuddled the baby"
interlock, lock - become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"


1. breast, chest, front, bust, boobs (slang), tits (slang), teats, thorax, boobies (slang), titties (slang) On my bosom laid her weeping head.
2. midst, centre, heart, safety, protection, circle, shelter, refuge He went back to the snug bosom of his family.
3. heart, feelings, spirit, soul, emotions, sympathies, sentiments, affections Something gentle seemed to move in her bosom.
1. intimate, close, warm, dear, friendly, confidential, cherished, boon, very dear They were bosom friends.


The seat of a person's innermost emotions and feelings:
Idioms: bottom of one's heart, cockles of one's heart, one's heart of hearts.
Archaic. To put one's arms around affectionately:
Slang: clinch.
Archaic: clip, embosom.
حِضْنحَميمصَدْرُ المرأه، ثَدْيا المرأهقَلْب، صَميم
barmurbrjóstbrjóst; faîmurfaîmurnáinn vinur, trúnaîarvinur
azoteģimenes loksintīmskrūtisloks


A. N [of woman] → seno m, pecho m; [of garment] → pechera f
in the bosom of the familyen el seno de la familia
to take sb to one's bosomacoger amorosamente a algn
B. CPD bosom friend Namigo/a m/f íntimo/a or entrañable


[ˈbʊzəm] n
[person] → poitrine f
to take sb/sth to one's bosom (literary)accueillir qn/qch en son sein
[family] → sein mbosom friend bosom buddy nami(e) m/f intime


(lit, fig, of person) → Busen m; to lay bare one’s bosom to somebody (fig liter)jdm sein Herz erschließen (liter), → jdm sein Innerstes offenbaren (liter)
(of dress)Brustteil m
(fig) in the bosom of his familyim Schoß der Familie
adj attr friend etcBusen-


[ˈbʊzəm] n (of woman) (fig) → seno
in the bosom of the family → in seno alla famiglia


(ˈbuzəm) noun
1. a woman's breasts. She has a large bosom.
2. the chest. She held him tenderly to her bosom.
3. the innermost part. in the bosom of his family.
intimate; close. a bosom friend.


n. seno, pecho.
References in classic literature ?
I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women.
I will throw off the woman of my bosom and seek other women.
Vanni received them at the entrance, always dressed in lavender with a great deal of black lace, her important watch-chain lying on her bosom.
She inhaled the odor of the blossoms and thrust them into the bosom of her white morning gown.
While in view of their admiring comrades, the same proud front and ordered array was observed, until the notes of their fifes growing fainter in distance, the forest at length appeared to swallow up the living mass which had slowly entered its bosom.
In agreeable contrast, his brother, Maryland Joe, was attired in a thin fawn- colored summer overcoat, lightly worn open, so as to show the unstarched bosom of a white embroidered shirt, and a pair of nankeen trousers and pumps.
Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.
Nevertheless, vixenly as she looks, many people are seeking at this very moment to shelter themselves under the wing of the federal eagle; imagining, I presume, that her bosom has all the softness and snugness of an eiderdown pillow.
He seemed to take to me quite as naturally and unbiddenly as I to him; and when our smoke was over, he pressed his forehead against mine, clasped me round the waist, and said that henceforth we were married; meaning, in his country's phrase, that we were bosom friends; he would gladly die for me, if need should be.
The coffin laid upon two line-tubs, between the vice-bench and the open hatchway; the Carpenter calking its seams; the string of twisted oakum slowly unwinding from a large roll of it placed in the bosom of his frock.
To him, it is the right of a man to be a man, and not a brute; the right to call the wife of his bosom is wife, and to protect her from lawless violence; the right to protect and educate his child; the right to have a home of his own, a religion of his own, a character of his own, unsubject to the will of another.
Eye to eye, voice to voice, hand to hand, heart to heart, these two children of the Universal Mother, else so wide apart and differing, have come together on the dark highway, to repair home together, and to rest in her bosom.