/kawr sahzh"/, n.
1. a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
2. the body or waist of a dress; bodice.
[1475-85; < MF: bodily shape (later: bust, bodice, corsage), equiv. to cors body ( < L corpus) + -age -AGE]

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      a small bouquet of flowers originally worn by women at the waist or bodice and later worn on the shoulder or wrist or pinned to a handbag. A florist constructs a corsage from the heads of flowers; he inserts wires through the calyx (the external leaves at the base of a flower), binds them with tape or ribbon, bends them into shape, adds leaves or foliage, and then adds a ribbon or other embellishment. Introduced during the 18th century, the wearing of a corsage, which was usually supplied by an escort, became a popular custom during the 20th century.

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