Definition of cummerbund in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəmərˌbənd/


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A sash worn around the waist, especially as part of a man’s evening clothes.
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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Syllabification: cum·mer·bund

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