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 Available in three polka dot patterns and three solid colors, this Amazon summer dress is made from soft polyester with a non-slip elastic band around the off-the-shoulder neckline and elastic around the waistline to create a cinched A-line shape. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Are Already ‘in Love’ with This Brand New $27 Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Dress," 28 Apr. 2021 On the Extra Spicy podcast, hosts Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips dive into why consumers’ guilt goes beyond the waistline and into the exploitation and enslavement of children. Téa Francesca Price, San Francisco Chronicle, "Popular chocolate makers are being sued for child slavery. How you can find ethically sourced cocoa," 12 Apr. 2021 Draped in a billowy satin gown, complete with vintage balloon sleeves and a peplum waistline, Zendaya looked like a glamorized '80s prom queen ready to accept her crown. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Looked Like a 1980s Prom Queen at ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood Awards," 23 Apr. 2021 Mitchell’s program legacy ballooned, instead of his waistline. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: ‘Wrecking machine’ Matt Mitchell ready for Aztecs’ NCAA Tournament start," 18 Mar. 2021 Higher insulin levels increase fat deposits along the waistline. NBC News, "'A collective trauma': New report details the effects of stress in America in 2020," 10 Mar. 2021 Coaching staffs in those sports expanded like your waistline during quarantine, devouring analytics and the latest coaching gimmicks. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Are Giants chasing new-age fantasies or are tapping into something real?," 31 Mar. 2021 With a snug fit that sits at a natural waistline, the unpinchable three-layer waistband streamlines and supports while offering plenty of stretch for full range of motion and comfort. CNN Underscored, "Clothes for every body with Athleta," 31 Mar. 2021 Officers found two guns strapped to his waistline, according to the citation, along with a container holding an unknown gray/white powdery substance and a straw. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Suspect in UK hospital bomb scare charged with 'use of a weapon of mass destruction'," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Waistline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistline. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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