basque means: French-inspired Basque waistlines can be found in Basque. These bodices can be worn either below or above the waistline. These bodices have a close fitting, contoured shape and resemble a corset. These waistlines are a variation of the Basque Country dress. They were popularized in Victorian times. They share their names with similar-shaped lingerie. (in Fashion Dictionary)
What else does basque mean?
A jacket or fitted bodice that extends below the waist. Basques are not like a peplum which is shorter and flares below the waist. They can be either fitted or fully-fitted and placed anywhere, including the front or back. Basques are an essential part of the garment’s construction. (in Fashion Dictionary)
The close-fitting, feminine bodice of a woman. (in Merlin Dictionary)