- a wide sash worn at the waist, especially a horizontally pleated one worn with a tuxedo.
Origin of cummerbund
1610–20; < Hindi kamarband loin-band < Persian
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Sir Cummerbund graciously remarked; "why, the bird is stiff and cold already!"Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.
- a wide sash, worn with a dinner jacket
C17: from Hindi kamarband, from Persian, from kamar loins, waist + band band
Word Origin and History for cummerbund
1610s, from Hindi kamarband "loin band," from Persian kamar "waist" + band "something that ties," from Avestan banda- "bond, fetter," from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (see bend (v.)).
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