Definition of cincture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiNG(k)CHər/


1 literary A girdle or belt.
Example sentences
  • Standing back, she saw that his right hand was bandaged, and that he wore a long farm-knife under the cincture of his red-stained tunic.
  • These tight-fitting cinctures compress and support the abdominal and lower back region while you lift.
  • I thought of our pilgrimages out of the city, the slow tide of traffic to the shore or family visits, a cincture of security and welcome girding the suburbs and beyond.
2 Architecture A ring at either end of a column shaft.
Example sentences
  • Separating the column from the base is the decorative cincture.
  • A cincture is also a feature of churches in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'encircling or enclosure'): from Latin cinctura, from cinct- 'encircled', from the verb cingere.

Words that rhyme with cincture

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