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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bosom
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
clasp sb to your chest/bosom (=hold someone tightly with your arms)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
ample
▪ Or as if saying, the hussy, Look at my ample - too ample - bosom, Alice thought.
▪ Dumont, with her sequined purse and overly ample bosom.
■ NOUN
buddy
▪ There was less arguing after that, but the two actors never became bosom buddies and never worked together again.
friend
▪ He was still my friend, my bosom friend.
▪ It is now that man contemplates, for it is now that the sea is a bosom friend.
▪ Queequeg says they are now married-meaning they are bosom friends who would defend each other to the death.
pal
▪ Benny and Garry were bosom pals once again.
▪ It is an open secret that he and Reg Pybus are bosom pals.
▪ The first was affection of the kind that binds families together, or bosom pals.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Daniel harbored bitterness and anger in his bosom.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But she looks troubled, unsure of herself - perhaps because her bosom is merely average, one has seen bigger.
▪ Half the stiff bosom shirts worn nowadays, the laundry is due on them yet.
▪ He was still my friend, my bosom friend.
▪ I am taking you to my home, into the very bosom of my family.
▪ It is now that man contemplates, for it is now that the sea is a bosom friend.
▪ She was breathing more quickly now and her bosom was again rising and falling defiantly.
▪ Whatever swells as a result, it's unlikely to be the Mellor bosom.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
bosom

bosom \bos"om\, a.

  1. Of or pertaining to the bosom.

  2. Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved; as, a bosom friend.

bosom

bosom \bos"om\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bosomed (-[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Bosoming.]

  1. To inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.

    Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome.
    --Shak.

  2. To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.

    To happy convents bosomed deep in vines.
    --Pope.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bosom

Old English bosm "breast; womb; surface; ship's hold," from West Germanic *bosm- (cognates: Old Frisian bosm, Old Saxon bosom, Middle Dutch boesem, Dutch boezem, Old High German buosam, German Busen "bosom, breast"), perhaps from PIE root *bhou- "to grow, swell," or *bhaghus "arm" (in which case the primary notion would be "enclosure formed by the breast and the arms"). Narrowed meaning "a woman's breasts" is from 1959; but bosomy "big-breasted" is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.

Wiktionary
bosom
  1. In a very close relationship. n. 1 (lb en somewhat dated) The breast or chest of a human (or sometimes of another animal). (from 11thc.) 2 The seat of one's inner thoughts, feelings etc.; one's secret feelings; desire. (from 13thc.) v

  2. 1 To enclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish. 2 To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.

WordNet
bosom
  1. n. the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; "his bosom was bursting with the secret"

  2. a person's breast or chest

  3. cloth that covers the chest or breasts

  4. a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family" [syn: embrace]

  5. the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom" [syn: heart]

  6. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman [syn: breast, knocker, boob, tit, titty]

bosom
  1. v. hide in one's bosom; "She bosomed his letters"

  2. hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced" [syn: embrace, hug, squeeze]

Wikipedia

Usage examples of "bosom".

And since according to those same canonical institutions all such are to be condemned as heretics, but you holding to wiser counsel and returning to the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church have abjured, as we have said, all vile heresy, therefore we absolve you from the sentence of excommunication by which you were deservedly bound as one hateful to the Church of God.

For all who knew and loved him then perceived That there was drawn an adamantine veil Between his heart and mind,--both unrelieved Wrought in his brain and bosom separate strife.

Edgar, came jostling after to share her knee with her scripts and suckle at her bosom while she learned her lines, yet she was always word-perfect even when she played two parts in the one night, Ophelia or Juliet and then, say, Little Pickle, the cute kid in the afterpiece, for the audiences of those days refused to leave the theatre after a tragedy unless the players changed costumes and came back to give them a little something extra to cheer them up again.

No one guessed that the mourning dress of the celebrated French writer belonged to the merchant Fromery, and that the glittering diamond agraffes in his bosom, and the costly rings on his fingers, were the property of the Jew Hirsch.

Then, too, the crowds of admiring spectators, the angel host of captivating beauties with their starry orbs of light, and luxuriant tresses, curling in playful elegance around a face beaming with divinity, or falling in admired negligence over bosoms of alabastrine whiteness and unspotted purity within!

Her slender figure, her prominent hips, her beautifully-modelled bosom, her large eyes, from which flashed the sparkle of amorous desire, everything about her was strikingly beautiful, and presented to my hungry looks the perfection of the mother of love, adorned by all the charms which modesty throws over the attractions of a lovely woman.

I pressed her amorously to my bosom she completed my bliss with such warmth that I could easily see that she thought she was receiving a favour and not granting one.

Lisette hugged Angelique against her bosom and silently bade her not to make a noise.

He regrets that the very artlessness of those who are most pure in the one sex, subjects them to the suspicions of the grosser-materials which compose the other He believes that innocency, singleness of heart, ardency of feeling, and unalloyed, shrinking delicacy, sometimes exist in the female bosom, to an extent that but few men are happy enough to discover, and that most men believe incompatible with the frailties of human nature.

Fathers that when heretics, baptized in the name of the Trinity, come back to Holy Church, they are to be welcomed to her bosom, either with the anointing of chrism, or the imposition of hands, or the mere profession of faith.

Hadrian, it was disputed which was the preferable condition, of those societies which had issued from, or those which had been received into, the bosom of Rome.

My hand began to press the bosom of her dress, where were imprisoned two spheres which seemed to lament their captivity.

The exorcist, standing by the bed, took out his pocket ritual and the stole which he put round his neck, then a reliquary, which he placed on the bosom of the sleeping girl, and with the air of a saint he begged all of us to fall on our knees and to pray, so that God should let him know whether the patient was possessed or only labouring under a natural disease.

The landlady begged the countess to confide her child to her care, and shewed her a bosom which proved her fruitfulness.

He took a step toward me, and I backed up abruptly, aware belatedly that I was clutching the towel to my bosom as though it were a shield.