[ belt ]
/ bɛlt /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. belowdecks,
  2. belowground,
  3. belsen,
  4. belsey operation,
  5. belshazzar,
  6. belt bag,
  7. belt down,
  8. belt drive,
  9. belt highway,
  10. belt line


Origin of belt

before 1000; Middle English; Old English; compare Old High German balz; both < Latin balteus; see balteus

12. girdle, encircle. 14. gird (on). 15. flog, lash.

Related formsbelt·less, adjective

Synonym study

3. Belt and zone agree in their original meaning of a girdle or band. Belt is more used in popular or journalistic writing: the corn or wheat belt. Zone tends to be used in technical language: the Torrid Zone; a parcel-post zone. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for under one's belt


/ (bɛlt) /



See also belt out, belt up

Derived Formsbelted, noun

Word Origin for belt

Old English, from Latin balteus

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Word Origin and History for under one's belt
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Science definitions for under one's belt


[ bĕlt ]

A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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Idioms and Phrases with under one's belt

under one's belt

Experienced or achieved, as in Once a medical student has anatomy under her belt, she'll have much less to memorize. This metaphoric expression likens food that has been consumed to an experience that has been digested. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with belt

  • belt down
  • belt out

also see:

  • below the belt
  • bible belt
  • sun belt
  • tighten one's belt
  • under one's belt
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