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Wednesday 19th February 2020
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corsage (noun) kor-SAJ

A small bouquet usually worn by women on the bodice and by men on the jacket.

The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winning actress Rita Moreno donned a cherry red tulle hat and matching corsage, dancing down the runway.

Alan Mozes, The Washington Post, 2 February 2008. Washington Post

Complicated origami paper folds add a touch of modernist chic; wavy layers create frills and flounces; folding the paper concertina-style makes pleats, and simply scrunching up the paper and cutting in "petals" makes a flowery corsage.

Judith Eagle, The Guardian, 23 February 2008. Guardian

The charming, grainy images show the young Monroe, or Norma Jean Baker as she then was, parading for the camera, showing off a dress and a fur jacket with a floral corsage.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer, 16 December 2001. Observer

Permitted for a minute to take refuge from all the frantic scrambling for his brother’s — for everyone’s — survival; to freeze for a moment his awareness of the emblem of despair pinned like a corsage beside his brother’s heart.

Andrea Lee, La Ragazza, in The New Yorker, 16 February 2004. The New Yorker

Their house is a colonial-shaped time capsule, where my class of ’89 mug and dried-out prom corsage still sit atop the white Formica bedroom set in “my” room, along with high school award plaques, a jewelry box full of hoop earrings and other ’80s baubles, a couple of Cabbage Patch Kids and all sorts of childhood mementos, including pictures of me hugging friends I haven’t seen in more than a decade.

Amy Oringel, The New York Times, 3 December 2006.
New York Times

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