noun (1)
\ ˈbelt How to pronounce belt (audio) \

Definition of belt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a strip of flexible material worn especially around the waist as an item of clothing or a means of carrying something (such as tools)
b : a similar article worn as a corset or for protection or safety or as a symbol of distinction
2 : a continuous band of tough flexible material for transmitting motion and power or conveying materials
3a : an area characterized by some distinctive feature (as of culture, habitation, geology, or life forms) especially : one suited to a particular crop the corn belt
below the belt under one's belt
: in one's possession : as part of one's experience


belted; belting; belts

Definition of belt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to encircle or fasten with a belt
b : to strap on
2a : to beat with or as if with a belt : thrash
b : strike, hit
3 : to mark with a band
4 : to sing in a forceful manner or style belting out popular songs
5 : to drink quickly belted down a shot of whisky

intransitive verb

1 : to move or act in a speedy, vigorous, or violent manner
2 : to sing loudly


noun (2)

Definition of belt (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a jarring blow : whack
2 : drink a belt of gin

Other Words from belt

Noun (1)

belted \ ˈbel-​təd How to pronounce belt (audio) \ adjective
beltless \ ˈbelt-​ləs How to pronounce belt (audio) \ adjective

Examples of belt in a Sentence

Verb His bathrobe was loosely belted. He belted the ball down the fairway. Some drunk got mad and threatened to belt me.

First Known Use of belt

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for belt

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German balz belt; both from Latin balteus belt


Middle English belten, derivative of belt belt entry 1

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The first known use of belt was before the 12th century

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“Belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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\ ˈbelt How to pronounce belt (audio) \

Kids Definition of belt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strip of flexible material (as leather or cloth) worn around a person's body for holding in or supporting something (as clothing or weapons) or for ornament
2 : a flexible endless band running around wheels or pulleys and used for moving or carrying something a fan belt on a car
3 : a region suited to or producing something or having some special feature the corn belt a storm belt

Other Words from belt

belted \ ˈbel-​təd \ adjective a belted robe


belted; belting

Kids Definition of belt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a belt on or around He belted the child into the car seat.
2 : to hit hard The batter belted the ball over the fence.
3 : to sing in a loud and forceful way belt out a song

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