a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, especially a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.
the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist. Compare waist ( def 4 ) .
Obsolete . stays or a corset.
1560–70; bodies, plural of body