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

a cummerbund is the perfect accessory for a man's tuxedo
Recent Examples on the Web But a white double-breasted jacket atop matching trousers, with a typewriter (inventor: Lee S. Burridge and Newman R. Marshman) cummerbund and an airy train of loose leaf paper? New York Times, 11 July 2021 Now here's a question: Back in my day, most prom etiquette required that a boy's tie and cummerbund matched his date's dress. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Marvin also went for a classic look, wearing a custom Zegna tuxedo and fitted shirt, cummerbund, and bow tie. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Feb. 2021 In army green, one cummerbund is slung below the hips of a model wearing elastic-waist trousers and a denim and shearling jacket; in a pastel crayon rubbing monogram print, another accessorizes a down jacket, button-down, and cigarette pants. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 8 July 2020 Finally: No wardrobe is complete without a formal cummerbund (though are there informal cummerbunds?). Marc Bona, cleveland, 9 July 2020 Also missing: his new take on the mid-layer garment, which is a… cummerbund. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 8 July 2020 Sometimes Wooster dresses garishly—in a scarlet cummerbund, for example. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 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, 22 Sep. 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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22 Jul 2021

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“Cummerbund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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