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1. also cors·let (kôr′slĭt) Body armor, especially a breastplate.
2. also cor·se·lette (kôr′sə-lĕt′) An undergarment that is a combination of a light corset and a brassiere.

[French, diminutive of Old French cors, body; see corset.]


1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) Also spelt: corslet a piece of armour for the top part of the body
2. (Clothing & Fashion) Also spelt: corselette a one-piece foundation garment, usually combining a brassiere and a corset
[C15: from Old French, from cors bodice of a garment, from Latin corpus body]


(ˌkɔr səˈlɛt for 1; ˈkɔrs lɪt for 2 )

1. Also, cor`se•lette′. a woman's lightweight foundation garment combining a brassiere and girdle.
a. a suit of light armor covering the entire trunk.
[1490–1500; < Middle French, =cors bodice, body + -elet -let]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corselet - a piece of body armor for the trunkcorselet - a piece of body armor for the trunk; usually consists of a breastplate and back piece
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body


(= corset)Korselett nt
References in classic literature ?
He, seeing this grotesque figure clad in armour that did not match any more than his saddle, bridle, lance, buckler, or corselet, was not at all indisposed to join the damsels in their manifestations of amusement; but, in truth, standing in awe of such a complicated armament, he thought it best to speak him fairly, so he said, "Senor Caballero, if your worship wants lodging, bating the bed (for there is not one in the inn) there is plenty of everything else here.
Perhaps, too, some warlike captain, dressed in his buff coat, with a corselet beneath it, accompanied the governor and councillors.
Some wore a corselet of pieces of hard wood laced together with bear grass, so as to form a light coat of mail, pliant to the body; and a kind of casque of cedar bark, leather, and bear grass, sufficient to protect the head from an arrow or war club.
Imagine to yourself a Don Quixote of eighteen; a Don Quixote without his corselet, without his coat of mail, without his cuisses; a Don Quixote clothed in a wooden doublet, the blue color of which had faded into a nameless shade between lees of wine and a heavenly azure; face long and brown; high cheek bones, a sign of sagacity; the maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallible sign by which a Gascon may always be detected, even without his cap--and our young man wore a cap set off with a sort of feather; the eye open and intelligent; the nose hooked, but finely chiseled.
Les mains d'Isabelle tremblaient, elles ajustaient un corselet de linon sur l'etoffe de ma chemise de nuit : les mains tremblaient d'avidite comme celles des maniaques.
The lamb wool corselet that Molly knitted for infant Rudy, and with which she buried him (14.
A corselet of ice seemed to be closed about him, seemed to shut in his heart, so that it could never again flutter with panic or with greed.
Sofi, his much younger wife, is exactly the opposite: a 'sensualist' who effuses sexuality, a genuine embodiment of finde-siecle eroticism that captured the imagination of writers: "In a short petticoat and a corselet, with bare arms, with unlaced boots, with a round and supple waist, with full bosom.
Though she acknowledges the resurgence of critical interest in Mina Loy, in addition to treating her strained relationship to futurism and unique feminist invocation of virginity, Burstein adds fascinating archival examples of Loy's entrepreneurial activities, "intelligent designs" including the devising of a corselet to counter dowager's hump.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a gown by Monique Lhuillier of re-embroidered Alenon lace fashioned with a strapless, sweetheart neckline and a corselet bodice.
In his abbreviated description of laboriosa, de Saussure (1854:171) compared to minutissima de Saussure, described immediately before, writing "Taille, forme et nervation comme dans la precedente espece, mais la tete et le corselet sans rugosites.