bust·​line ˈbəs(t)-ˌlīn How to pronounce bustline (audio)
: an arbitrary line encircling the fullest part of the bust
: body circumference at the bust

Examples of bustline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the snapshot, the Skinnygirl mogul stood outdoors wearing a white one-piece that featured laser cutouts along her bustline and hip area. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 The singer’s sleeveless red midi dress included gold embellishments and a single cutout on the bodice beneath Guyton’s bustline. Julia Teti, WWD, 1 July 2024 It’s constructed with an elastic band that seamlessly stretches around your bustline to lift without any jabbing or restricting, which can occur with wired styles. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 The Velcro closure around the bustline doesn’t budge through a host of activities, including brushing my teeth, applying skincare products, and flat ironing my hair. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Simpson wore a slinky red dress that dipped low in the front and had lace trim around the bustline and matching lace sleeves. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 The bra’s longline silhouette falls at the middle of your torso rather than just under your bustline. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2024 Triangle tops, bandeau styles, or push-up bikinis can enhance your bustline. Maya Polton Updated, Parents, 10 Aug. 2023 The Manydress Summer Dress puts an elegant and flirty spin on the classic T-shirt dress with its v-neck front, lightweight, silk-like fabric, fluttery short sleeves, flowy silhouette, and ruffled details at the bustline (which gives the loose-fitting dress more structure) and hem for added texture. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bustline was in 1885

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“Bustline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustline. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


bust·​line ˈbəst-ˌlīn How to pronounce bustline (audio)
: a line around a woman's body at the bust
also : the length of this line
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