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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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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Pour into glass and enjoy. Serves: 4 Nutrition Content: 55 Calories, 1g Fat, 0g Saturated Fat, 10g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 1g Protein, 10mg Sodium Applecado Smoothie This creamy smoothie is good for your waistline and your heart. Amanda Pressner, Seventeen, "6 Yummy Summer Smoothies!," 5 Mar. 2011 Like Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen bridal gown for her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Eugenie's dress featured bold pleating at the back of the waistline, which added drama and visual interest to the extra-elongated train. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Compared to Meghan Markle's–and Kate Middleton's," 12 Oct. 2018 In a black straight-leg jumpsuit by Rosie Assoulin, Millie’s square-neck look came complete with an asymmetrical cut-out just below her chest, above her waistline, which is a quick way to add a little punch to an otherwise all-black look. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Millie Bobby Brown Wears a Black Rosie Assoulin Jumpsuit and Clear Heels," 21 Aug. 2018 As are, for that matter, the waistlines of Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Aurora. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "You’re Not Crazy—Disney Princesses Have Insanely Small Waists (and Looking at Them Is Not Great for Kids)," 17 Jan. 2019 Eating healthy is good for more than just your waistline. Abigail L. Cuffey, Woman's Day, "5 Foods for Optimal Health," 27 Aug. 2012 The renegade designer Demna Gvasalia continued his sleight of hand at Balenciaga, combining elements from the brand’s past (like architectural waistlines) with technical fabrics. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends," 5 Oct. 2018 Wilkinson had kept it in a holster meant to be worn inside the pants’ waistline, but Washington let the holster dangle from his pocket, making the gun visible and more prone to falling out during the scuffle. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Testimony in police shooting reveals chaotic scene," 9 Oct. 2018 With its pointed collar and cinched waistline, the flattering style gives the perfect silhouette. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore an Affordable Polka Dot Dress for Her Pamper Day, But It's Already Sold Out," 22 Oct. 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 How to pronounce waistline (audio) \

Medical Definition of waistline

: body circumference at the waist

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