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[weyst-band, -buh nd] /ˈweɪstˌbænd, -bənd/
a band encircling the waist, especially as a part of a skirt or pair of trousers.
Origin of waistband
First recorded in 1575-85; waist + band2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for waistband
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  • You touched a spring in its waistband and it flew open, and then it was a workbox.

  • I carry it now inside my waistband so they will have to pull me to pieces to get it.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Then he stuck his regular gun into his waistband on the left.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • He tore off the waistband button in his haste, brushed his coat, washed his hands.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • But it was gone, and he stuck back in his waistband his useless revolver.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for waistband


an encircling band of material to finish and strengthen a skirt or trousers at the waist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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