Definition of cummerbund in English:


Syllabification: cum·mer·bund
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmərˌbənd


  • A sash worn around the waist, especially as part of a man’s evening clothes.
    More example sentences
    • Adding a belt, sash or cummerbund further accentuates the waist.
    • A cummerbund is a pleated sash worn around the waist.
    • Badly positioned cummerbunds and waist straps might interfere with the emergency jettisoning of weightbelts.


early 17th century: from Urdu and Persian kamar-band, from kamar 'waist, loins' and -bandi 'band'. The sash was formerly worn in the Indian subcontinent by domestic workers and low-status office workers.

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