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Examples of midriff in a Sentence
She wore a skimpy outfit that showed her bare midriff.
midriff-baring tops are popular this summer
Recent Examples of midriff from the Web
One of the biggest draws of the night was Kim Kardashian West, who came — in a midriff-baring, clingy white ensemble by Rick Owens — to collect the inaugural Influencer award.
At the same tournament, Anna Kournikova drew scrutiny for her mini-miniskirt and midriff-baring top.
This tendency may be the outgrowth of a notorious magazine profile from back in 2000, which featured a spread of the petite brunette sprawled across her studio floor, midriff peeking out.
Only one month after welcoming Stormi, the reality star shared two mirror selfie videos in a black crop top and string-bikini underwear that showed off her midriff from the side.
Clearly Shayk doesn't believe in such limits, or the need for undergarments for that matter— as her custom Versace dress featured not one, but two slits that went all the way up to her midriff.
The Charleston branch has an additional rule prohibiting bare midriffs.
The top and bottom of the reels are bare, like torsos with shoulders and midriffs exposed.
Kardashian West wore a midriff-baring black top with matching pants, both with colorful beaded embellishments under a furry jacket.
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Did You Know?
Midriff is now most commonly encountered in the mid-torso or clothing-related senses. These senses are relatively young, having appeared, respectively, in the early 19th and mid-20th centuries. For most of its history, however, midriff has been used to refer to the diaphragm (a large flat muscle separating the lungs from the stomach area). The diaphragm sense has been with us since the earliest known use of midriff in Bald's Leechbook, an Old English medical manuscript that is believed to date back to the 9th century. The riff in midriff comes from Old English hrif ("belly, womb"). Hrif is akin to Old High German href ("womb") and probably also to Latin corpus ("body").
MIDRIFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of midriff for English Language Learners
: the area around a person's middle : the front of a person's body between the chest and the waist
MIDRIFF Defined for Kids
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