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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Your perfect navy pleated skirt practically has my name embroidered in the waistband. Lisa Birnbach, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Return of Preppy Fashion," 27 Aug. 2019 The driver of one vehicle approached officers while reaching toward his waistband. cleveland.com, "Woman tries her best to avoid driving-under-suspension citation: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 17 July 2019 Also be sure to check ankles, which are often exposed, and areas where your clothing is tight, like your waistband. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Ways to Avoid Ticks, According to Doctors," 12 July 2019 But Shaver stopped crawling and raised his right hand near his waistband. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "These are the 3 Arizona officers charged with murder in on-duty shootings since 2002," 19 June 2019 The waistband on these secures and FIRMS my entire waist, no jiggles or bulges. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Are Replacing Their Denim With These Ultra Comfy and Flattering Pull-on Jeans," 5 Aug. 2019 Older women in twos and threes strolled along, pulling through the racks, pausing here and there to tug at a waistband, check a price, buy a pair. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Swapping oxycontin for Tylenol, forging paperwork, stashing bubble packs inside a waistband — these are some of the ways at least 5,917 pills were stolen from residents of assisted living facilities. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Drug thieves are creative, and assisted living facilities struggle to protect seniors," 13 July 2019 Try the Live In High Waist Crop Kick Flare Leggings ($39, was $59) with a ribbed waistband and deep pockets, or the Studio Crop Lite Leggings ($36, was $55), made from a lightweight fabric that hits just below the knee. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "These Leggings Are Sure to Sell Out During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 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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