chin strap



a strap attached to a hat for passing under the chin of the wearer.
a strap to support the chin in cosmetic facial treatment.
a strap on a bridle or halter that joins the throatlatch and noseband.

Origin of chin strap

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chin-strap

Historical Examples of chin-strap

  • Jim quaffed the vile spirit and fastened the chin-strap of his cap.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • Dick slipped it over his head, and passed the chin-strap beneath.

    Draw Swords!

    George Manville Fenn

  • He was nibbling the chin-strap of his helmet; both thumbs were locked in his belt.

  • At his sword-belt hung a serviceable navy revolver, while from toe to chin-strap no smallest detail was omitted.


    Rolf Boldrewood

  • Lieutenant Walker was hit in the chin, the bullet cutting his chin-strap and passing out at the back and top of his head.

Word Origin and History for chin-strap

1805, from chin (n.) + strap (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper