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

Examples of drawstring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each pair has an elastic waistband with an adjustable drawstring and convenient side pockets. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, "These Workout Shorts with Pockets Are a Number One Best-Seller on Amazon, and They’re on Sale," 20 Apr. 2021 Featuring side pockets in the front and an elastic waistband with an adjustable drawstring, the shorts are also available in sizes XS to XXL. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "Best sweat shorts for men and women of 2021, according to experts," 23 Mar. 2021 General admission tickets start at $29 and include hard seltzer samples, a White Claw drawstring bag, a commemorative tasting cup and food available for purchase on-site, the website said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A festival dedicated to hard seltzers is coming to a Milwaukee-area golf course," 30 Mar. 2021 There is even a drawstring on the shorts for a custom fit. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Groin Protector," 25 Mar. 2021 Ready yourself for warmer days ahead with Isabel Marant's drawstring hoodie. Taylor Ayers, Marie Claire, "Sport-Inspired Fashion: Going for the Gold," 17 Mar. 2021 This red and white swimsuit is a timeless classic with its flattering scooped neckline, and slim drawstring ties at the chest. Felicity Carter, Forbes, "Step Into Spring With These Gingham Fashion Selects," 2 Mar. 2021 Even in person, the ensemble can pass as formal, with touches such as a zipper on the pants—mostly for show, as they are cinched with a pajama-like drawstring. Miho Inada, WSJ, "The New Work-From-Home Uniform: A Business Suit That’s Pajamas, Too," 23 Feb. 2021 My breath caught like a drawstring pulled tight around my lungs. Sarah Martellaro, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: ‘Why would I date you?’ Ouch," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of drawstring

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drawstring was in 1845

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27 Apr 2021

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“Drawstring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawstring. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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