Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of encircling or encompassing.
  • n. Something that encircles or surrounds.
  • n. A belt or sash, especially one worn with an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a monk or nun.
  • transitive v. To gird; encompass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosure, or the act of enclosing, encircling or encompassing
  • n. A girdle or belt, especially as part of a vestment
  • n. The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.
  • v. to girdle, circle, or surround

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body, -- as by an ecclesiastic for confining the alb.
  • n. That which encompasses or incloses; an inclosure.
  • n. The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A belt, girdle, or band worn round the body or round a part of it.
  • n. Specifically The girdle used to confine a clergyman's cassock, usually of the color of the cassock and made of silk or serge.
  • n. Hence Something resembling a belt or girdle.
  • n. That which encompasses or incloses; inclosure; barrier; circuit; fence.
  • n. In architecture, a raised ring or a list around a column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

Etymologies

Latin cīnctūra, from cīnctus, past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cinctura. (Wiktionary)

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  • In many churches, the cincture is a rope belt (often white) tied about the waist over an alb. I was going to say "not flat" but some cassocks use a flat cincture.

    In a number of monastic orders (such as the Society of Saint John the Evangelist), there are knots tied at the end of the cincture -- the number of knots indicates the 'rank' of the monk or novice.

    June 7, 2009


  • For me,
    You stand poised
    In the blue and buoyant air,
    Cinctured by bright winds,
    Treading the sunlight.
    And the waves which precede you
    Ripple and stir
    The sands at your feet.

    - Amy Lowell, 'Venus Transiens'.

    October 4, 2008

  • girding, encompassing."...cincture of his headband.." Drop City, TC Boyle.

    March 3, 2008