waist·​band | \ ˈwās(t)-ˌband How to pronounce waistband (audio) \

Definition of waistband

: a band (as of trousers or a skirt) fitting around the waist

Examples of waistband in a Sentence

shorts with an elastic waistband

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Brown ran, and the officers chased him for a block, then ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, handcuffed him and found drugs, cash and other items in a search, along with a gun in his waistband. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Running from police doesn’t make a person a suspect, court says," 5 June 2019 When police told her to drop the gun again, Vallejo-Godoy’s girlfriend approached her and removed it from her waistband, tossing it across the parking lot to police. Nicole Winfield, star-telegram, "Woman pulls a gun after arguing with man over who was next at karaoke, Texas cops say," 4 June 2019 The Gobbe Seere drape, from Karnataka, features a thick waistband to keep the sari in place during agricultural work. Meara Sharma, Vogue, "Why I Am Taking the Sari Back to the Street," 30 Apr. 2019 From triple waistband jeans (!!!) that are basically the equivalent of denim inception to upside-down shorts only a Demogorgon could love, there’s no shortage of bizarre jeans on the market. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Y/Project Created $315 Denim Panties," 31 Mar. 2019 One important aspect of this collection was really caring for our physical bodies with elastic waistband details, really nice breathable fabrics, and looser silhouettes. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Hana Tajima Is About So Much More Than Modest Fashion," 28 Mar. 2019 Last month American Eagle launched a new style in its Ne(X)t Level 360 collection, which is made from a stretch fabric that's meant to hug and conform to the body, with a tailored waistband that doesn't sag or gap. Glamour, "These American Eagle Jeans Solve This Annoying Denim Problem for Good," 7 Mar. 2019 But these shorts use a completely smooth, yoga-style waistband that’s wonderfully ignorable. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Shorts for Women," 31 May 2018 The fashion statement, this time in the form of a black bodysuit with a red waistband. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Serena Williams wins in Grand Slam return," 29 May 2018

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1584, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waistband

: the strip of fabric at the top of a piece of clothing that fits around your waist

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to take the place or position of

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