waist·band | \ ˈwās(t)-ˌband \

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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Both have tight waistbands that, while not uncomfortable, made the flesh at my hips bunch into unflattering lines. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 The free-flowing, maxi skirt benefited from Beckham’s masterful, minimal touch and featured a contrasting waistband for an elevated twist. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Gets a Head Start on Head-to-Toe White," 5 July 2018 Williams' athleticism wasn't the only thing that caught the crowd's attention, however; fans were equally as excited by Williams' Nike bodysuit, which featured a hot pink waistband. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Twitter Users Went Absolutely Wild Over Serena Williams' "Superhero"​ Bodysuit," 29 May 2018 Old Navy refused to lower its prices, arguing that women’s clothing had contoured waistbands that cost more to produce. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "More Fabric, More Money? British Retailer Is Accused of Charging ‘Fat Tax’," 16 May 2018 There’s at least one person who’d swipe right on his waistband gun-slinging action. Lilian Min, The Cut, "Donald Trump Jr. Reportedly Fills Void in Heart With Concealed-Carry Permit," 27 Mar. 2018 By the time the dessert pizzas made the rounds—blackberry and marscapone, anyone? — bikini dreams, waistbands and preconceived notions about limitless eating had all been confronted. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 According to police, Gonzalez pushed past his friend, Darwish, who was standing next to the car with a realistic-looking BB gun tucked into his waistband. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Famed for Kendall Toyota ads, he's now indicted on charges linked to deadly drug deal," 27 June 2018 Plainfield High School was temporarily put in lockdown Tuesday when a male youth entered the school with a BB gun tucked into his waistband, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Plainfield High School Put In Lockdown; Student Brought BB Gun," 5 June 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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