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.

Origin of waistline

First recorded in 1895–1900; waist + line1
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Related Words for waistline

midriff, waistline, middle, gut, midsection

Examples from the Web for waistline

Contemporary Examples of waistline

Historical Examples of waistline

  • He put his arms manfully about the waistline of the flowery blouse.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • A little work in the shops will take some of that waistline off you!

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

  • You, your waistline, legs, lungs and reflexes will never regret it.

    Squash Tennis

    Richard C. Squires

  • He discovered that, supported at the waistline, she could be wheeled very nicely.

    New Faces

    Myra Kelly

  • Tom Reade was now submerged to his waistline in the engulfing sand.

British Dictionary definitions for waistline



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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