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
Recent Examples on the Web Surveillance footage obtained by police shows Baker appearing to draw a weapon during an earlier disturbance outside the bar and putting it back in his waistband before becoming involved in the argument inside. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect in October killing at Broad Ripple pub arrested in Michigan," 13 Feb. 2020 Sims, who lifted his shirt to reveal a gun in his waistband, threatened to kill Florence, according to sheriff's reports. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man convicted of Jefferson County double killing dies in prison," 26 Dec. 2019 Rashawn Jackson then lifted his shirt and showed everyone a pistol in his waistband. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford police charge man in 2017 Seyms Street fatal shooting," 10 Dec. 2019 The officers performed a pat frisk on Cordero-Garcia and found a Sig Sauer BB gun in his waistband, Boston police said in a statement. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police arrested a 23-year-old Dorchester man minutes after he was seen allegedly stealing packages from a front porch in Roslindale, police said.," 9 Dec. 2019 His third kick, according to Palkowitsch’s testimony, was administered after Baker started to again reach toward his waistband. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Jury deliberating federal civil rights case against St. Paul police officer accused of excessive force," 26 Nov. 2019 But police said Monday that Mulkeen retained control of his gun and fired five shots after Williams reached toward his waistband, said Deputy Chief Kevin Maloney of the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division. Michael R. Sisak, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For the 2nd time this year, NYPD gunfire kills 1 of its own," 30 Sep. 2019 What’s more, the Baby Hip Seat Carrier takes the strain off of your back by using an extra-wide waistband to help promote proper posture. Popular Science, "Keep your baby close with these snug and secure carriers," 14 Jan. 2020 These 100 percent cotton pants are yellow, green and white plaid and have an elastic waistband. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks holiday gift guide: Last-minute shirts, slippers, caps and other ideas for the fan in your life," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of waistband

1584, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2020

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“Waistband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistband. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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