1) N-COUNT A woman's breasts are sometimes referred to as her bosom or her bosoms. [OLD-FASHIONED]

...a large young mother with a baby resting against her ample bosom.

2) N-SING: the N of n If you are in the bosom of your family or of a community, you are among people who love, accept, and protect you. [LITERARY]

Joan was delighted to welcome her boyfriend into the bosom of her large, close-knit family.

3) ADJ: ADJ n A bosom friend is a friend who you know very well and like very much indeed.

They were bosom friends...

Sakota was her cousin and bosom pal.

4) PHRASE: PHR after v If you take someone or something to your bosom, you accept them and treat or regard them with great affection. [LITERARY]

We, at least, have taken her to our bosom.

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  • Bosom — Bos om (b[oo^]z [u^]m; 277), n. [AS. b[=o]sm; akin to D. bozem, Fries. b[=o]sm, OHG. puosum, G. busen, and prob. E. bough.] 1. The breast of a human being; the part, between the arms, to which anything is pressed when embraced by them. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bosom — O.E. bosm breast; womb; surface; ship s hold, from W.Gmc. *bosm (Cf. O.Fris. bosm, O.S. bosom, M.Du. boesem, Du. boezem, O.H.G. buosam, Ger. Busen bosom, breast ), perhaps from PIE root *bhou to grow, swell, or *bhaghus a …   Etymology dictionary

  • bosom — [booz′əm; ] occas. [ bo͞o′zəm] n. [ME < OE bosm; prob. < IE base * bhou , *bhū , to grow, swell] 1. the human breast; specif., a woman s breasts 2. a thing thought of as like this [the bosom of the sea] 3. the breast regarded as the source… …   English World dictionary

  • bosom — os om, a. 1. Of or pertaining to the bosom. [1913 Webster] 2. Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved; as, a bosom friend. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bosom — os 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. [1913 Webster] Bosom up my counsel, You ll find it wholesome. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bosom — [n1] breast bust, chest, rib cage, teats; concept 418 bosom [n2] heart; core affections, center, circle, conscience, emotions, feelings, inside, interior, sentiments, soul, spirit, sympathies; concepts 410,826 Ant. exteriority, outside …   New thesaurus

  • bosom — ► NOUN 1) a woman s breast or chest. 2) the breast as the seat of emotions. 3) a person s loving care or protection: the bosom of his family. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a friend) very close. DERIVATIVES bosomy adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • bosom — index close (intimate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bosom — Ce nom catalan ou occitan est l équivalent du français Bonhomme. Il était utilisé au Moyen Âge comme nom de personne (prénom), sans doute avec une valeur augurale ( que tu sois un bon homme ! ). La forme latine (Bonus Homo) est attestée en Italie …   Noms de famille

  • bosom — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bōsm; akin to Old High German buosam bosom Date: before 12th century 1. a. the human chest and especially the front part of the chest < hugged the child to his bosom > b. a woman s breasts… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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