cum·​mer·​bund | \ ˈkə-mər-ˌbənd How to pronounce cummerbund (audio) , ˈkəm-bər- \
variants: or less commonly cumberbund \ ˈkəm-​bər-​ˌbənd How to pronounce cumberbund (audio) \

Definition of cummerbund

: a broad waistband usually worn in place of a vest with men's dress clothes and adapted in various styles of women's clothes

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a cummerbund is the perfect accessory for a man's tuxedo
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes Wooster dresses garishly—in a scarlet cummerbund, for example. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020 Mandy Moore arrived with a pop of celebratory color in a pink-and-fiery-red blouse and cummerbund combination (a playful pairing of tones that proved to be an unexpected trend). Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "10 Best Dressed Women at the 2019 Emmy Awards," 22 Sep. 2019 Moore is in a custom Brandon Maxwell pink twill gazar blouse and red crepe cummerbund skirt. Melissa Magsaysay, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: The Unexpected Color Combination to Emerge on Red Carpet," 23 Sep. 2019 Moore wore Brandon Maxwell, a pink twill gazar blouse with a red crepe cummerbund skirt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dual-tone gowns of pink and red ruled the Emmys carpet," 23 Sep. 2019 Moore wore Brandon Maxwell, a pink twill gazar blouse with a red crepe cummerbund skirt. Washington Post, "Dual-tone gowns of pink and red ruled the Emmys carpet," 23 Sep. 2019 The flower girls and page boys were in ivory silk with blush pink sashes and cummerbunds, and the girls had flower crowns in their hair that were made using the same blooms as the bridal bouquets. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Daughter of de Gournay’s Founder Had an English Summer Wedding With Decor Inspired by the Iconic Wallpaper," 11 July 2019 This season, campuses with abound in tartan, weskits, cummerbunds, slacks and separate jackets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Depp wore a suit with a cummerbund but without a bow tie. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Dressed ’90s Couples From the Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cummerbund

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cummerbund

Hindi & Urdu kamarband, from Persian, from kamar waist + band band

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The first known use of cummerbund was in 1616

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“Cummerbund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cummerbund

: a wide piece of cloth (such as silk) that is worn around the waist beneath the jacket of a man who is formally dressed

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