seat belt

or seat·belt


a belt or strap in an automobile, airplane, etc., fastened around or sometimes diagonally across the midsection to keep the person safely secured, as during a sudden stop.
Compare lap belt.

Origin of seat belt

First recorded in 1945–50
Also called safety belt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seat belt

  • He was ousted as governor, he had seat-belt issues, now this.

    How Jon Corzine Blew It—Again|The Daily Beast Video|November 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • She checked to make sure he had fastened his seat-belt properly, and then started the engine.

    Baartock|Lewis Roth

British Dictionary definitions for seat belt

seat belt


Also called: safety belt a belt or strap worn in a vehicle to restrain forward motion in the event of a collision
a similar belt or strap worn in an aircraft at takeoff and landing and in rough weather
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