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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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 Restoration can also be seen near the waistlines of both figures and in the male figure’s legs, especially the right leg in the shadow, the report says. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Pa. Historical Society seeks to sell portrait of William Hamilton, the party boy who built the Woodlands," 9 Jan. 2018 As for the rest of her hair, Appleton braided in XL extensions to give her a braid that reaches past her waistline. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her "Bronx Barbie" Look and Baby Hair on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 The dresses too often highlight her curves and waistline—something Eugenie might want to emphasize in her wedding gown look. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What Will Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Look Like? Everything We Know So Far," 27 Sep. 2018 Your summer favorites — and your waistline — will thank you. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Mayonnaise and Three Easy Sauces from Alex Hitz," 22 May 2014 The Duchess of Cambridge was elegantly dressed in a rich fuchsia Alexander McQueen dress, which featured a pleated waistline and puffed shoulders. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Narrowly Avoided a Wardrobe Malfunction at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 In 2009, Wansink and a co-author published a study that went viral that suggested the Joy of Cooking cookbook (and others like it) was contributing to America’s growing waistline. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.," 19 Sep. 2018 An accentuated waistline and high slit lent a modern flourish to the retro silhouette and offset more traditional details such as the bishop sleeves. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyoncé’s Latest Tour Look Delivers Pure ’80s Glamour," 16 Sep. 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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