[weyst-band, -buh nd]
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Origin of waistband

First recorded in 1575–85; waist + band2
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Examples from the Web for waistband

Contemporary Examples of waistband

Historical Examples of waistband

  • You touched a spring in its waistband and it flew open, and then it was a workbox.

  • I carry it now inside my waistband so they will have to pull me to pieces to get it.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Then he stuck his regular gun into his waistband on the left.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • He tore off the waistband button in his haste, brushed his coat, washed his hands.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • But it was gone, and he stuck back in his waistband his useless revolver.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for waistband


  1. an encircling band of material to finish and strengthen a skirt or trousers at the waist
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