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

Examples of drawstring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oversized fit, coupled with an elastic drawstring waistband, offers both style and comfort, while stretchy ankle bands keep you snug during the cooler months. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 The lace guard is like a little tie clip but for hoodie drawstrings. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 31 Aug. 2023 This sleepwear blends a classic style with ultra-comfy fabric: The short sleeved pajama top has a button-down front, two pockets, and a collar with contrasting trim, and the bottoms have a drawstring, an elastic waistband, and side seams with pockets deep enough for your phone. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 The ruched bodycon style hugs your curves, while the drawstring split adds a teasing edge. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 The pants have a high waistband with an adjustable drawstring and two spacious pockets, while the sweater has an oversized fit and a wide, statement-making collar. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 Sporting a high waist and an inner drawstring, these Trendy Queen Sweatpants are the epitome of modern fashion. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2023 These pants also have four zip-closure pockets to store hike essentials, an elastic waistband with a drawstring, and articulated knees to give the perfect fit. Karthika Gupta, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 This is where the drawstring comes in to help secure the fit. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawstring was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Drawstring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawstring. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


draw·​string ˈdrȯ-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce drawstring (audio)
: a string, cord, or tape used to close a bag, control fullness in clothes, or open or close curtains
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