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

Recent Examples on the Web

Say hello to CIE Denim's upside-down shorts, which literally invert the fitted waistband and raw hem of a pair of vintage jorts to give you a whole new perspective on your old jean shorts. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "CIE Denim Created Upside-Down Shorts," 3 July 2018 The pleated green tartan kilt Ms. Plath wore as a Smith College undergraduate, with blue-lettered name tape affixed to the waistband, swished home with A.N. Devers, a writer and rare-books dealer based in North London, for $3,012. Kate Bolick, New York Times, "Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff?," 21 Apr. 2018 Gaines had been fleeing with an inoperable revolver, which later reportedly fell out of his waistband when Cabillo tackled him. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "North Beach shooting renews scrutiny of SF officer’s use of force," 20 June 2018 For a personal touch, Shields emblazoned her own nickname, T-Rex, across the waistband of her shorts. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Flint boxer Claressa Shields sports 'Black Panther'-inspired ring gear," 22 June 2018 While in the home, Graham lifted his shirt to show the informant a gun in the waistband of his pants, and then Truitt asked for the money. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Manhunt for suspect after ATF agent shot in undercover gun buy operation," 8 June 2018 After being stopped the second time by the same guard and being told to leave the mall, Goad removed a turquoise handgun from his waistband. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Convicted felon points gun at Southridge Mall security," 8 June 2018 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

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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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