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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Con: The waistband had washing and tummy control issues. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Betabrand Makes These Buzzy "Dress Pant Yoga Pants" — And We Tried Them Out for You," 15 Oct. 2018 Bishop placed the handgun in the back of his waistband and walked away with his hands in the air. NBC News, "Dancing FBI agent, who accidentally shot a man, gets to keep his gun," 11 July 2018 Police said Waters had a silver pocket knife in his front pocket and a handgun inside his front waistband. Kaitlyn Schwers And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Suspect in fatal Clinton police shooting had long criminal history, records show | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018 Deputies recovered a handgun from Hagel's front waistband and conducted a records check revealing a felony warrant for Hagel's arrest out of Maricopa County for failure to appear in court. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "FBI: Fugitive found in Arizona had 7 guns, body armor, 3,000 rounds of ammo," 7 Mar. 2018 The three wrestled around until Jackson took a step back, pulled out his gun from his front waistband and fired two shots at the 51-year-old man, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Man shot co-worker 4 times inside Cleveland business in dispute over damaged car," 9 July 2017 The sugar-packet sized tracker slips into a pocket, clips onto a waistband or shoelace, pairs with an app on your smartphone and can track your kids in real time. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "No more 'screenagers' — best ways to keep tabs on kids without giving them a smartphone," 13 June 2018 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

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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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