cinc·​ture ˈsiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce cincture (audio)
: the act of encircling
: an encircling area
: girdle, belt
especially : a cord or sash of cloth worn around an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a member of a religious order under monastic vows

Examples of cincture in a Sentence

wrapped a cincture around the dress as a stylish accessory
Recent Examples on the Web Other designers have followed suit, as well: For Spring 2018 Men’s, Prada used the hyper-functional cincture for a double-belt styling moment. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Latin cinctura girdle, from cinctus, past participle of cingere to gird; probably akin to Sanskrit kāñcī girdle

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cincture was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Cincture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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