chastity belt


: a belt device (as of medieval times) designed to prevent sexual intercourse on the part of the woman wearing it

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are gold nugget stick pins, luggage tags, passenger tickets, pocket watches, brooches, bloomers, Brooks Brothers shirts, a chastity belt, and even a case of beer bottles still full of beer. CBS News, 1 Dec. 2022 Zadie Smith touted Freedom, a subscription service that cut off the user’s devices—a chastity belt for procrastinators. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 This worked well for children, but did no favors for the sweater itself, helping brand the cardigan — any cardigan — as doofuswear, the male equivalent of a chastity belt. Alex Williams, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2019 To complete the look, Williams wore a basque belt by the designer, which looked like a cross between a chastity belt and a corset. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Oct. 2019 Yet while each of those articles has a function, like a chastity belt that doesn't lock, this flat bit of fabric doesn't do more than flap. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, 21 Mar. 2018 One of my students designed a fashion-forward digital chastity belt that would deliver a shock to the crotch when the phone was removed from its holder. Marcel O’gorman, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chastity belt was in 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Chastity belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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