Definition of cincture in English:


Syllabification: cinc·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGkCHər


  • 1 literary A girdle or belt.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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