waist·​line | \ ˈwāst-ˌlīn How to pronounce waistline (audio) \

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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web My sleep schedule started to get later and later and my new favourite jeans began to become my least favourite jeans (because my waistline was expanding). Carli Whitwell, refinery29.com, "13 Women Get Real About How Much They’re Drinking In Lockdown," 5 May 2020 Earlier studies have shown that regular moderate cardio, like walking for at least 30 minutes a day, can help fight a widening waistline. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Your waist size may be more important than weight for multiple heart attack risk," 20 Jan. 2020 Your waistline is much more likely to benefit from a no-chocolate rule than your skin—the idea that the sweet stuff is an acne culprit is a common myth. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 Common Beauty Rules to Break," 19 Nov. 2010 All the familiar elements are here: the rolling hills and empire waistlines, the elegant manors and manners, the silent and attentive servants. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Emma’ Review: Back on the Manor, but Still Clueless," 20 Feb. 2020 Unlike other brands, J Brand has done more than just expanding the waistline of current denim styles. James Love, Essence, "Luxury Denim Company J Brand Launches Its’ First-Ever Size-Inclusive Line," 14 Jan. 2020 They were searched and the packages of drugs were found on the teen's waistline, a news release said. Fox News, "Border patrol agents in California arrest teen boy with drugs strapped to his body," 17 Jan. 2020 Since this dietary pattern is also among the healthiest for your heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, and waistline, the payoffs could be huge. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The MIND diet: 11 foods to eat to keep your brain healthy," 22 Nov. 2019 Last month, an op–ed in The New York Times argued that high-protein and high-fat diets are to blame for America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. Dean Ornish, Scientific American, "Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of waistline

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of waistline was in 1857

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“Waistline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistline. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce waistline (audio) \

Medical Definition of waistline

: body circumference at the waist

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