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

Examples of cummerbund in a Sentence

a cummerbund is the perfect accessory for a man's tuxedo
Recent Examples on the Web While Dolce & Gabbana composed an ode to this archetype, others are taking it apart, using the satin-lapel jacket or the cummerbund as a way to play against formality or gender stereotypes. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2024 The must-have accessory was a knit cummerbund worn with a thin belt, defining the waistline in any look. Colleen Barry, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024 Leading candidate for Best Actor out in Hollywood, Cillian Murphy, pictured above with what can only be described as a presumably very expensive black tee tucked into his cummerbund, is the epitome of Christopher Nolan's now-famous instruction to Robert Downey, Jr., namely, understatement. Guy Martin, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Adam Brody kicked the formality up another notch with a cummerbund. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 Others kept it more casual: Natasha Lyonne opted for a pair of black suspenders with her sequined fringe maxi skirt, and Jennifer Aniston added a cummerbund with a train to her pants and bustier. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2024 Kravitz's Saint Laurent ensemble featured a plunging silk top highlighting his toned chest, and wide-legged trousers with a wide cummerbund. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 Sartorial glamour is tied to the tasteful presentation of an idealized shape — hence corsets, bustiers, shoulder pads, belts and cummerbunds. E. Alex Jung, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 For the special day, Sia wore a three-quarter sleeve lace mermaid gown, with a high neck and paired with a matching veil while her new husband opted for a light colored tuxedo with a silk cummerbund and bowtie. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023

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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 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cum·​mer·​bund ˈkəm-ər-ˌbənd How to pronounce cummerbund (audio)
: a wide sash worn around the waist
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