noun \ˈgər-dəl\

: something that wraps or circles around something else; specifically : a tight piece of clothing worn especially in the past by women under other clothes to make the area around the waist look thinner

Full Definition of GIRDLE

:  something that encircles or confines: as
a :  an article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist
b :  a woman's close-fitting undergarment often boned and usually elasticized that extends from the waist to below the hips
c (1) :  shoulder girdle
(2) :  pelvic girdle
:  the edge of a brilliant that is grasped by the setting — see brilliant illustration

Examples of GIRDLE

  1. <drew a handkerchief from the girdle around her waist and offered it to the knight as a token of affection>

Origin of GIRDLE

Middle English girdel, from Old English gyrdel; akin to Old High German gurtil girdle, Old English gyrdan to gird
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with GIRDLE



: to form a circle around (something) or to surround (something)

gir·dledgir·dling \ˈgər-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of GIRDLE

transitive verb
:  to encircle with or as if with a girdle
:  to cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a plant) usually to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
:  to move around :  circle <girdled the world>

Examples of GIRDLE

  1. the rings that girdle the planet Saturn
  2. <trees girdled the campus, essentially hiding it from view>

First Known Use of GIRDLE


Rhymes with GIRDLE


noun \ˈgərd-ə1\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GIRDLE

: either of two more or less complete bony rings at the anterior and posterior ends of the vertebrate trunk supporting the arms and legs respectively: a : pectoral girdle b : pelvic girdle


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