from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A band of material encircling and fitting the waist of a garment, such as trousers or a skirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A band of fabric encircling the waist, especially a part of a pair of pants or a skirt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The band which encompasses the waist; esp., one on the upper part of breeches, trousers, pantaloons, skirts, or the like.
  • n. A sash worn by women around the waist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A band meant to encircle the waist, especially such a band forming part of a garment and serving to stiffen or maintain it: as, the waistband of a skirt.
  • n. A separate or outer girdle or belt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The buckle of her waistband is also his work; I am not quite sure but that it is a token of betrothal when a girl wears the buckle her suitor has made.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago

  • His backside, with the vertical line peeking out from the center of his waistband, is a familiar sight in our village.


  • A waistband is a lot more trouble and adds an inch or two above the skirt, and most waistbands on patterns are not wide enough.

    Portrait in Blue, by Gabriel Nicolet, 1856-1921

  • Now why guys will walk around with their boxers or whitey-tightys looking like storm-tossed ships, panels of fabric barely hanging onto the waistband, is beyond me ...


  • Tucked in her waistband was a pistol similar to mine, the compact Glock.


  • Isnora believed, by its shape, the object in the waistband was a gun, which he radioed to Lieutenant Gary Napoli, head of the team.

    Tonya Plank: What Does It Take To Convict Police in The Shooting of an Unarmed Black Man?

  • One day I noticed the waistband was a little tight. News

  • He allegedly said the gun in his waistband was the one used in the robbery.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • Next, I'm supposed to pick up stitches and knit down from the waistband, but I'm feeling really iffy about gauge (especially since my waistband is a good six inches longer than I thought it was before I blocked it, and my blocking was not aggressive at all).

    Kris Crafts!

  • The "waistband" was cut high in the back and scooped really low in front, leaving room for a thick cotton stretchy band to fill in the gap.

    Mission: Accomplished


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