draw·​string | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce drawstring (audio) \

Definition of drawstring

: a string, cord, or tape inserted into hems or casings or laced through eyelets for use in closing a bag or controlling fullness in garments or curtains

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Burberry apologized that same month for sending a model down the runway at London Fashion Week in a hoodie featuring a drawstring knotted into a noose. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Italian airline Alitalia 'deeply apologizes' for Obama video showing an actor in blackface," 4 July 2019 The satchels, often called mochilas, are pocket-less pouches with a drawstring closure and tassels that hang down like mutton chops. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Made of 100% poly-straw with breathable cotton lining, the hat has an internal drawstring to adjust the fit. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 In 2012, a Caltech paper detailed a procedure for harnessing an asteroid—proposing a plan for lassoing a valuable asteroid by catching it in a giant drawstring bag. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "A New Space Race, for Lawyers," 18 June 2019 The debut lineup showcased five key shapes: drawstring, small drawstring, bucket, tote, and the crossbody. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "New Handbag Brands to Get on Your Radar Before All Your Friends Discover Them," 11 June 2019 Individuality was the team’s main inspiration for Spring, and their (somewhat repetitive) use of on-trend drawstrings was a way to translate thought into action, allowing wearers to customize and alter the fit of the pieces. Vogue, "Designers Opt for Opulence Over Minimalism on the Second Day of Oslo Runway," 16 Aug. 2018 The main compartment features a sewn-in drawstring closure, which is ideal for loading up with treats and toys for the park, and the elastic mesh pocket in front fits my iPhone perfectly. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $16 Pouch Is Like a Diaper Bag for Dog Moms," 15 Mar. 2019 Out for dinner last night in Hollywood after heading to the polls, Kardashian West wore an unexpected suit consisting of a cream blazer, asymmetrical neon bodysuit, and white cargo pants complete with drawstrings at the waist and ankles. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Bringing Back Cargo Pants," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of drawstring

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drawstring

: a string that can be pulled to close or tighten something (such as a bag or a piece of clothing)


draw·​string | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce drawstring (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawstring

: a string at the top of a bag or on clothing that can be pulled to close or tighten

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