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/ ˈsɪŋk tʃər /


a belt or girdle.
something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border: The midnight sky had a cincture of stars.
(on a classical column) a fillet at either end of a shaft, especially one at the lower end.Compare orle(def 3b).
the act of girding or encompassing.

verb (used with object), cinc·tured, cinc·tur·ing.

to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.

Nearby words

  1. cinchonism,
  2. cinchonize,
  3. cincinnati,
  4. cincinnatus,
  5. cinco de mayo,
  6. cinder,
  7. cinder block,
  8. cinder concrete,
  9. cinder cone,
  10. cinder patch

Origin of cincture

< Latin cinctūra, equivalent to cinct(us) (cinc-, variant stem of cingere to gird, cinch1 + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure

Related formsun·cinc·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cincture


/ (ˈsɪŋktʃə) /


something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border

Word Origin for cincture

C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird

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Word Origin and History for cincture



1580s, from Latin cinctura "a girdle," from cinctus, past participle of cingere "to surround, encircle" (see cinch (n.)). The verb is recorded from 1757 (implied in Cinctured).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper