waist·line | \ˈwāst-ˌlīn \

Definition of waistline 

1a : an arbitrary line encircling the narrowest part of the waist

b : the part of a garment that covers the waistline or may be above or below it as fashion dictates

2 : body circumference at the waist

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Synonyms for waistline


middle, midriff, midsection, waist

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Examples of waistline in a Sentence

The diet claims it will reduce your waistline in just four weeks. The dress has a small waistline and a full skirt.

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The shorts might have lightened wallets, but likely did little to meaningfully reduce user's waistlines. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Yes, your body temperature now veers from auto-fry to flash-frozen within minutes, which somehow distracted you from noticing that a tire displaced your waistline. Alex Witchel, New York Times, "Allison Pearson ‘Does It’ Again," 1 June 2018 But truth be told, summer takes a toll on our waistlines, too. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What you need to know about summer weight gain (and how to avoid it)," 9 June 2018 NE Hank's Ice Cream Parlor This tiny spot's pink-and-purple walls are cluttered with memorabilia documenting more than 30 years of expanding Bayou City waistlines. Houston Chronicle, "Dip into ice cream shops in Houston and Galveston," 10 May 2018 In fact, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have determined that the majority of the food and drinks marketed on television and online during sporting events are unhealthy and may contribute to children’s expanding waistlines. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "TV, online ads during sports events may help make kids fat," 26 Mar. 2018 Yes, accentuating the waistline is really beautiful. Tara Paniogue, latimes.com, "Tone It Up brand offers '70s summer vibe and more with new activewear and swimwear collaborations," 11 July 2018 For a more youthful take on the silhouette, the sleeves and side trims of the dress were embellished with tiny silver pailettes, and the waistline accentuated with a delicate satin robe-style belt. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan Refreshes the Sleeved Gown at the SAG Awards," 22 Jan. 2018 This is problematic for our houses, our wallets, our carbon footprints, and our waistlines. BostonGlobe.com, "17 survival skills for modern adults," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of waistline

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of waistline

: the distance around the narrowest part of your waist

: the part of a piece of clothing that covers your waist


waist·line | \ˈwāst-ˌlīn \

Medical Definition of waistline 

: body circumference at the waist

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