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 Then the ritual expanded to multiple times per week, and before long McCarthy had acquired a noticeably smaller waistline to go with a nasty left hook. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 27 July 2022 Of note for fall is the slightly higher waistline and the calligraphy embroidery that translates the designer’s own ink strokes on paper onto a garment via needle on cloth. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 19 July 2022 Negative Underwear's boy short underwear can double as at-home loungewear: Its full coverage and high waistline are made for wearing with just a T-shirt or bralette. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2022 Fendi fanatics can wear their devotion on their waistline with this brown leather belt with the Italian fashion house’s logo — designed by Karl Lagerfield in just three seconds in the 1960s — in gold-tone hardware. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 An initial 39% cut in borrowing that Lamont, a Greenwich businessman, saw as healthy for the fiscal waistline was seen by urban Democrats as starvation rations. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 10 June 2022 The dress had thin spaghetti straps and a bustier-style top with floral embroidery that fit snugly all the way down to a super low waistline. Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 Simply do the right things with your diet and get lots of exercise (like walking) and your waistline will respond. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2022 Because this study was conducted on animals, the results cannot yet be translated to human responses, but for the sake of your workouts and your waistline, pass on those potato chips. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of waistline

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Aug 2022

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“Waistline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistline. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of waistline

: body circumference at the waist

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