belt·​line | \ ˈbelt-ˌlīn How to pronounce beltline (audio) \
variants: or belt line
plural beltlines or belt lines

Definition of beltline

1 : a line encircling the narrowest part of the waist : waistline also : the part of a piece of clothing that covers the waistline The three of them scuffled for a few seconds before the purse-snatcher reached for a pistol tucked in his beltline. — Elliott Woods
2 automotive : the line of an automobile body along the side of the vehicle just below the windows The car has a low beltline and a lot of glass for good visibility.— Marshall Schuon
3a usually belt line : a railroad going wholly or partly around a city for the interchange of traffic between trunk lines or for handling traffic to terminals off the trunk lines
b : a transport line (such as a highway) that typically encircles a city

Examples of beltline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ditto for shirts—tuck them firmly into the pants, and spray the repellent around all cuffs and around your beltline as well as around the collar. Frank Sargeant, al, 29 Aug. 2021 The Evoque still retains the concept-car style that defined the original, with a high beltline that nearly meets the roof at the D-pillar, which seems about six inches tall. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 10 June 2022 The panoramic roof brings in natural light, while the low beltline and tall glasshouse further contribute to a sense of wellbeing in the cabin. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Although comfortable from the driver's seat, this car fits tighter than most of the others, with a high beltline and A-pillars that draw in close. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Sep. 2021 While the high beltline of the Polestar 2 cocoons you into the cockpit, combined with the massive C pillars, things start to become problematic. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2021 The greenhouse subtly slopes down toward the D-pillar and the beltline rises, creating a the impression of a somewhat rakish silhouette without an actual coupe-like tapered roofline as seen on some luxury SUV models. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 Drayton Place moved to the beltline in 2003 and was gone in a year or two. al, 8 Apr. 2021 The interior is airy and spacious, with a low beltline and a generous rear seat. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beltline

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

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“Beltline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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