[ belt ]
/ bɛlt /
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verb (used with object)


14 gird (on).
15 flog, lash.
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Idioms about belt

Origin of belt

before 1000; Middle English; Old English; compare Old High German balz; both <Latin balteus;see balteus

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3. Belt and zone agree in their original meaning of a girdle or band. Belt is more used in popular or journalistic writing: the corn or wheat belt. Zone tends to be used in technical language: the Torrid Zone; a parcel-post zone.


beltless, adjective
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What is a basic definition of belt?

A belt is a band of fabric worn around the waist. It is also a long, thin region with distinctive properties, as in a belt of corn fields in a larger farming region. The word belt is also used informally as a verb to mean to sing loudly or to hit something very hard. Belt has several other senses as a noun and a verb.

The word belt most often refers to a band of flexible fabric, like leather, worn around the waist to keep your pants from falling down. Other types of bands worn around the waist include tool belts and championship belts.

Real-life examples: Most clothing stores sell leather belts. A seat belt is worn around the waist while riding in a vehicle to keep you in the seat in case of an emergency. Martial arts groups use colored belts to indicate a person’s mastery level.

Used in a sentence: Batman keeps all of his gadgets in his utility belt. 

Similar to the band around your waist, a belt can be a long, thin area with something distinctive about it.

Real-life examples: In the United States, the Bible Belt is an area of the Midwest and South where strong Christian beliefs are very common. The U.S.’s Corn Belt is an area of the Midwest that grows a lot of corn.

Used in a sentence: In history class, we studied the old industries of the Rust Belt in the northeastern U.S. 

Belt is also used informally to mean to sing loudly. When used in this sense, belt is often followed with the word out.

Used in a sentence: The rock star belted out all of her greatest hits at the concert.  

A slang use of belt means to hit or strike something really hard.

Used in a sentence: The boxer belted his opponent in the face, knocking him unconscious.

Where does belt come from?

The first records of belt come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin balteus, meaning “a belt” or “a girdle.”

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What are some other forms related to belt?

  • beltless (adjective)
  • belted (adjective)

What are some synonyms for belt?

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How is belt used in real life?

Belt is a common word that is often used to refer to a band worn around the waist.



Try using belt?

A belt is a band of fabric that is worn around the ____.

A. head
B. waist
C. arm
D. leg

How to use belt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for belt

/ (bɛlt) /

See also belt out, belt up

Derived forms of belt

belted, noun

Word Origin for belt

Old English, from Latin balteus
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Scientific definitions for belt

[ bĕlt ]

A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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