midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmi-ˌdrif\

Definition of midriff

  1. 1 :  diaphragm 1

  2. 2 :  the mid-region of the human torso

  3. 3a :  a section of a woman's garment that covers the midriffb :  a woman's garment that exposes the midriff

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Examples of midriff in a Sentence

  1. She wore a skimpy outfit that showed her bare midriff.

  2. midriff-baring tops are popular this summer

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").

Origin and Etymology of midriff

Middle English midrif, from Old English midhrif, from midde mid + hrif belly; akin to Old High German href womb, and probably to Latin corpus body


First Known Use: before 12th century


MIDRIFF Defined for English Language Learners

midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmi-ˌdrif\

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

midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmid-ˌrif\

Definition of midriff for Students

  1. :  the middle part of the human body between the chest and the waist


Medical Dictionary

midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmid-ˌrif\

Medical Definition of midriff

  1. 1:  diaphragm 1

  2. 2:  the mid-region of the human torso



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