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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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 Calvin Klein releases briefs for women modeled after those for men, with a wide elastic waistband bearing Klein’s name and a highly contentious fly. Jennifer Conrad, New York Times, "What Happened in New York Between 1981 and 1983," 17 Apr. 2018 Police approached him and confiscated a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun that was in Burkhart's rear waistband. Tony Rizzo And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Parent had meth, marijuana and a gun at Blue Springs elementary school, police say | The Kansas City Star," 1 Mar. 2018 The first commercial maternity items arrived in 1904 with the Lane Bryant brand’s drawstring waistband dresses, designed to disguise. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Maternity Clothes for Women Who Hate Maternity Clothes," 3 Feb. 2018 Police have said Bishop was dancing at the downtown Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar on June 2 when the gun fell out of his waistband holster onto the floor. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "FBI agent who accidentally fired gun while dancing charged with assault," 2 Oct. 2018 Abigail had bruising on her stomach area from her sternum to waistband, and bruising on her back from mid-back to upper buttocks, reportedly caused by Jen Hart (according to Abigail). Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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