cum·​mer·​bund ˈkə-mər-ˌbənd How to pronounce cummerbund (audio)
variants or less commonly cumberbund
: 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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Example Sentences

a cummerbund is the perfect accessory for a man's tuxedo
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Jonas reinvented the classic tails in his white suit, alongside wife Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton, and Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian swapped elements of their Thom Browne looks, with Kardashian wearing a men’s cummerbund as a corset. Isabel Lord, Forbes, 3 May 2022 If Springsteen is ripped jeans and a white T-shirt, Meat Loaf is a rented tuxedo with a sequined cummerbund and pockets filled with splits of rum. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cummerbund was in 1616

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“Cummerbund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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