[ weyst-lahyn ]
/ ˈweɪstˌlaɪn /


the circumference of the body at the waist: exercises to reduce the waistline.
the part of a garment that lies at or near the natural waistline, as the seam where the skirt and bodice of a dress are joined.
an imaginary line encircling the waist.

Nearby words

  1. waistband,
  2. waistcloth,
  3. waistcoat,
  4. waistcoating,
  5. waisted,
  6. wait,
  7. wait a minute,
  8. wait and see,
  9. wait at table,
  10. wait for the other shoe to drop

Origin of waistline

First recorded in 1895–1900; waist + line1

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British Dictionary definitions for waistline


/ (ˈweɪstˌlaɪn) /


a line or indentation around the body at the narrowest part of the waist
the intersection of the bodice and the skirt of a dress, etc, or the level of thisa low waistline
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Word Origin and History for waistline



also waist-line, 1867, from waist + line (n.).

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