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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Trouble is, quick and easy isn’t always what’s best for our waistlines or our hearts. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Three Delicious Recipes To Fill You Up And Protect Your Heart," 10 Sep. 2019 The man pulled up his shirt and motioned to his waistline at what Beltran assumed was a weapon. Los Angeles Times, "Two hours of terror in Orange County, with no easy answers," 9 Aug. 2019 Last month, Kardashian West opened up to the WSJ Magazine about her look and the secret behind her waistline. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Says 2019 Met Gala Was as 'Nerve-Wracking' as Her Wedding: 'Maybe Even More So'," 4 Aug. 2019 This internationally best-selling author is back with a provocative and compelling novel that's technically fiction but discusses a topic most can relate to: anxiety over our waistlines. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "These Amazon best-selling books are the ultimate beach reads," 25 July 2019 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

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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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