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[swet-band] /ˈswɛtˌbænd/
a band lining the inside of a hat or cap to protect it against sweat from the head.
a band of fabric worn around the head to absorb sweat.
Origin of sweatband
First recorded in 1890-95; sweat + band2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • To avoid this trouble, place rubber bands through the sweatband.

  • Commander Benedict took off his cap and looked at the damp stain in the sweatband.

    Time Fuze Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The cabman removed his hat, ran his finger around the sweatband and replaced it on his head.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • He accepted the letter, took off his sombrero, tucked it under the sweatband, and put on the hat again.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Westerners, of a certain type, sometimes carry important documents under the sweatband of their hats.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • I wouldn't go and connect him with any gamblin' syndicate just because I found that there card under the sweatband of his Stetson.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • It is an admirable protection, very tough, not at all heavy, tucked inside the sweatband of the cap and entirely invisible.

  • Also inside of the sweatband of his hat were several matches rolled tightly in waterproof silk.

  • A name was stamped in the sweatband, and by this the identity of the suicide was established as that of Congressman Jason Mallard.

    The Thunders of Silence Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • All at once he remembered, and with a gasp of relief removed his hat and took them out from beneath the sweatband.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for sweatband


a band of material set in a hat or cap to protect it from sweat
a piece of cloth tied around the forehead to keep sweat out of the eyes or around the wrist to keep the hands dry, as in sports
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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