sweat·​band | \ ˈswet-ˌband How to pronounce sweatband (audio) \

Definition of sweatband

1 : a usually leather band lining the inner edge of a hat or cap to prevent sweat damage
2 : a band of material worn around the head or wrist to absorb sweat

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Maybe a player shakes their hand or throws them a sweatband or a glove. Albert Breer, SI.com, "In Atlanta, Dan Quinn Is Ready to Show Off the Falcons’ Coaching Overhaul," 22 July 2019 Leave the sweatbands at home, and pile on the modern accessories instead. Vogue, "Surprising No One, Emily Ratajkowski Would Make a Very Glam Aerobics Instructor," 24 Apr. 2019 For example, players must still abide by the OG dress code, which requires them to wear all white—from their sweatbands to their shirts, skirts, sneakers, and yes, even their underwear. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About Wimbledon 2018—Including How to Watch," 21 June 2018 Dressed in hot-pink sweatbands and neon leggings, power walkers of yore stepped lively while furiously swinging their arms and, most of the time, chatting to one another about the latest episode of Days of Our Lives. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Power Walking Is the Latest Fashion Nostalgia Trend to Make Moves on the Runway," 18 June 2018 Yup, more leg warmers, mom jeans, sweatbands, and Pat Benatar are coming your way. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Funny money the currency in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’," 15 June 2018 Unlike sweatbands, these headbands are made with hardened polyurethane foam found inside military helmets, while still allowing players to see the action around them. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On," 15 June 2018 However, hair accessories are basically non-existent for male celebs — same goes for headwear, other than a baseball cap or sweatband. Devon Abelman, Allure, "EXO's Kai Brought K-Pop Style to Gucci Cruise With This Stunning, Veil-Like Headband," 31 May 2018 Mike has the wit and fashion sense of a suburban dad — khaki shorts with the shirt tucked in, white socks, a sweatband on his wrist — and is as deeply abiding as one. Billy Witz, New York Times, "How Giancarlo Stanton Let Go of ‘Mike’ and Embraced Who He Is," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sweatband

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sweatband was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of sweatband

: a band of material that you wear around your head or wrist to absorb sweat while you are exercising
: a band of material along the inner edge of a hat or cap to absorb sweat

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