Pronunciation: (bod'is),[key] —n. 1. a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, esp. a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.
2. the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist. Cf. waist (def. 4).
3. Obs.stays or a corset.