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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In an Instagram Story, Jessica shared another photo of Sascha, 18, showing off the dress’ ruched waistline and high slit along the leg. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Jerry Seinfeld's Daughter Sascha Is All Grown Up as She Heads to Senior Prom," 6 June 2019 The actor turned around for photos on the red carpet, revealing the long black sash at both the neck and waistline, along with an identical pattern throughout the back of the dress. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Sheer Elie Saab Gown to "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" European Premiere," 28 Apr. 2019 It's been known for years that having a wider waistline ups the odds of a heart attack. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 Vodka soda is known to be the most waistline-friendly beverage. Kimberly Mugler, Philly.com, "Dos and donts of drinking alcohol on paleo, keto diets," 26 May 2018 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

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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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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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