bodice bodice  /ˈbɑ dɪs/


  • (n) part of a dress above the waist


  1. If you, dear reader, enjoy romance novels but prefer bodice lacers to bodice rippers, Karen Kingsbury appreciates your restraint.
  2. It has now burst completely out of its bodice.
  3. The Other Boleyn Girl is based on the Philippa Gregory novel that wove the melodrama of Henry's rule into a bodice-ripping yarn.


  1. Eva Longoria's Sexy Nurse Suit: Gotta Have it or Make it Stop?

    If Nurse Ratched had worn this look, things might have ended up very differently... We can't decide if it's the all-white thing or the bell shape on the bodice, but something...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: E! Online

  2. Emmy Hopeful: Mandi Line - 'Pretty Little Liars'

    It's been more than a decade since a contemporary series took home the Emmy for Outstanding Costumes -- Sex and the City's 2002 win was followed by American Dreams, Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome, 3 wins for The Tudors, Pushing Daisies, The Borgias and Game of Thrones. And while it's hard to deny the beauty of an intricate bodice or expertly welded chest plate, the same could be said of the couture ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ET Online via omg!

  3. Michelle Obama Wore Belted Burberry in Belfast

    Arriving in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit today, the Obamas dressed sensibly for the weather, with Michelle in a snappy new corseted Burberry trench with a leather belt. This is one of her best silhouettes — a fitted waist with structure throughout the bodice — and it's interesting that she ... More »
    on June 18, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

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  1. In The Times in December Ms. Dargis wrote: "The movie's pleasures are as light as its story. No matter. Albert may never rip Victoria's bodice, but he does eventually loosen it, to her delight and ours."
    on Apr 16, 2010 By: Manohla Dargis Source: New York Times

  2. The President of the RWA, Diane Pershing, explained that the association was "tired of seeing the same old sneering references to 'bodice rippers' and the generally immature way the genre was treated in the press."
    on Jul 14, 2009 By: Diane Pershing Source: Huffington Post (blog)

  3. "The men - Ferrars, Willoughby, Brandon - are stronger characters here," says Stevens. "They're three viable love interests - sex objects, I suppose. Rather than a bodice-ripper, this is more of a 'britches-ripper'."
    on Dec 28, 2007 By: Dan Stevens Source:

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