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cummerbund

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[kuhm-er-buhnd]
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noun
  1. a wide sash worn at the waist, especially a horizontally pleated one worn with a tuxedo.

Origin of cummerbund

1610–20; < Hindi kamarband loin-band < Persian
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  • Sir Cummerbund graciously remarked; "why, the bird is stiff and cold already!"

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

    F. Anstey


British Dictionary definitions for cummerbund

cummerbund

kummerbund

noun
  1. a wide sash, worn with a dinner jacket

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi kamarband, from Persian, from kamar loins, waist + band band
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Word Origin and History for cummerbund

n.

1610s, from Hindi kamarband "loin band," from Persian kamar "waist" + band "something that ties," from Avestan banda- "bond, fetter," from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (see bend (v.)).

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