waistline

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for waistline

Synonyms

middle, midriff, midsection, waist

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'waistline.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of waistline

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about waistline

Dictionary Entries near waistline

waister

waist-high

waistless

waistline

waist sheet

wait

wait-a-bit

Statistics for waistline

Last Updated

10 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for waistline

The first known use of waistline was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for waistline

waistline

noun

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

waistline

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

Medical Definition of waistline

: body circumference at the waist

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on waistline

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with waistline

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for waistline

Spanish Central: Translation of waistline

Nglish: Translation of waistline for Spanish Speakers

Comments on waistline

What made you want to look up waistline? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!