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 Detectives found Lattimore in the front passenger seat with a loaded and stolen gun tucked in his waistband, court records say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore charged with possessing stolen gun, three others also charged," 26 Mar. 2021 Eagle Circle told a 911 dispatcher that her son was not supposed to be at the home and had a gun in his waistband, the dispatch audio disclosed. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Man shot in Coon Rapids neighborhood during encounter with police," 15 Mar. 2021 As the officers’ body cameras rolled, Torres Jr. suddenly pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Fatal shootings by the LAPD are down, but officials find major problems in many incidents," 14 Mar. 2021 The shooter pulled out a gun from his waistband and both men fought over the gun, the release says. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Man shot outside Maple Heights tavern, police say," 10 Mar. 2021 After Underwood pointed the weapon at him, Shaffer grabbed the pistol and the two struggled over the weapon before Hill also took out a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at Shaffer, prosecutors said. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "No bail for second man charged with murder of 32-year-old killed in West Side shooting," 6 Mar. 2021 Three minutes later, Montolongo pulled a gun from his waistband and shot her in the head. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "80 to life in prison for Vista man who fatally shot girlfriend at pool in 2018," 2 Mar. 2021 Shallerhorn allegedly approached and raised his shirt to show a handgun in his waistband and demanded the man’s medallion chain. al, "New Orleans police officer Martinus Mitchum shot to death by man refusing to wear COVID mask," 1 Mar. 2021 Davis and the person, who police did not name, struggled for the bag of marijuana when Loving exited the vehicle and approached them with a gun visible in his waistband, so the person let go of the marijuana, according to court documents. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Second person arrested in connection to fatal Phoenix shooting of 16-year-old Michael Loving," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of waistband

1584, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waistband was in 1584

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30 Mar 2021

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“Waistband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistband. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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