American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and worn as an article of formal dress, as with a dinner jacket.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shawl, or large and loose sash, worn as a belt. Such a waist-band is a common part of East Indian costume, and, besides serving as a girdle, is useful as a protection to the abdomen.
- n. A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and worn as an article of formal dress, as with a tuxedo or dinner jacket.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. India A sash for the waist; a girdle.
- n. a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo
- From Hindustani कमरबन्द / کمر بند (kamar-band, "waistband, belt"), from Persian کمربند (kamar-band), from کمر (kamar, "waist") + بند (band, "band"). (Wiktionary)
- Hindi kamarband, from Persian : kamar, waist + band, band; see bund1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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