wasp waist

noun

Definition of wasp waist

: a very slender waist

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Other Words from wasp waist

wasp-waisted \ ˈwäsp-​ˈwā-​stəd How to pronounce wasp-waisted (audio) , ˈwȯsp-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Ideals of female beauty that can only be met through painful processes of physical manipulation have always been with us, from tiny feet in imperial China to wasp waists in nineteenth-century Europe. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Age of Instagram Face," 12 Dec. 2019 Another is looking for historical inspiration—1950s-style wasp waists or 80s-era padded shoulders. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Could Help Generate the Next Big Fashion Trends," 4 May 2018 Enamored, ladies followed Hepburn’s lead, penciling in their eyebrows with points and cinching their middles to imitate the former ballerina’s wasp waist. Alice Bell, Vogue, "5 Iconic Fashion Moments to Celebrate Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy," 12 Mar. 2018 Another is looking for historical inspiration—1950s-style wasp waists or 80s-era padded shoulders. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Could Help Generate the Next Big Fashion Trends," 4 May 2018 Enamored, ladies followed Hepburn’s lead, penciling in their eyebrows with points and cinching their middles to imitate the former ballerina’s wasp waist. Alice Bell, Vogue, "5 Iconic Fashion Moments to Celebrate Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy," 12 Mar. 2018 Her edginess doesn't begin and end on-screen with the wig that launched a thousand black dye jobs, impossibly arched brows, and tiny wasp waist — Nurmi pushed the boundaries of personal style, too. Meirav Devash, Allure, "10 Goth Beauty Icons Who Ooze Halloween Costume Inspiration," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of wasp waist

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Wasp waist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasp%20waist. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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