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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
Bella took things in a ’70s direction with patchwork Jean Atelier flares and a gathered midriff-baring halter.
This isn't the first time she's bared her midriff, either.
While Kourtney paired her bare midriff with high-waisted, washed out denim, and a long black coat, Kylie opted for a white, pinstripe jacket, and black ripped jeans.
The brand unveiled its new spokesmodel in a series of three Instagram shots of Spears in various designs, including the midriff-baring sweater.
Tops that expose the midriff or chest, tank tops, mesh tops, and shirts with no sleeves are not acceptable.
The 22-year-old Call Me By Your Name star, who is nominated for Best Actor, stunned at the pre-award show red carpet sporting an all-white tuxedo, and Flender kept it chic in all-black gown with a midriff cutout.
This time sporting a ruffled pale pink, midriff-bearing tank and matching monochromatic makeup, Jenner displayed her model off-duty abs with characteristic West-Coast ease.
The Argentinian's toe poke looked a certain goal but Declan Rice came to the rescue to clear off the line with his midriff.
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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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