or kum·mer·bund



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cummerbund

Historical Examples of cummerbund

  • Sir Cummerbund graciously remarked; "why, the bird is stiff and cold already!"

British Dictionary definitions for cummerbund




a wide sash, worn with a dinner jacket

Word Origin for cummerbund

C17: from Hindi kamarband, from Persian, from kamar loins, waist + band band
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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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