belly button


Definition of belly button

: the human navel

Examples of belly button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gritty stripped to his orange fur, exposing his green belly button as the final horn sounded. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 Then take out a tape measure and -- without sucking in your tummy, please -- wrap it around your waist at the top of your hipbone (which is typically across the belly button). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Low-rise skirts are the least constrictive and start below the belly button. Ana Sanchez,, 4 Apr. 2021 Unlike two-piece swimsuits that cut off right under the chest, the tankini has a longer top that tapers off below the belly button, giving you extra coverage and more room to show off a fun pattern or design. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2021 She was hit at the age of 2 by a car, suffering a broken arm and a leg and a high hernia that led to the removal of her belly button. Edward Lee,, 16 Apr. 2021 Adam Sandler played peekaboo with his belly button in the 1994 film Airheads, while Will Smith during his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days wore a Philadelphia 76ers T-shirt that appeared to be sheared off. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 That said, some of us felt the material was a little too thick and constricting for optimally comfortable workouts in warmer weather, and one found the waistband to sometimes roll beneath her belly button during workouts, which wasn’t ideal. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, 26 Feb. 2021 Wells’ wardrobe included a gingham dress and shorts that modestly covered her belly button, with both costumes on display in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Museum. Time, 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of belly button

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belly button was circa 1877

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15 May 2021

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“Belly button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of belly button

: navel

belly button

belly but·​ton | \ -ˌbət-ᵊn How to pronounce belly button (audio) \

Medical Definition of belly button

: the human navel

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