Definitions

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

  • n. A cord or ribbon run through a hem or casing and pulled to tighten or close an opening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A string or cord, encased in a fabric tube, with one or more small openings into the tube, on a bag or garment, allowing the item to be closed (as with a bag) or tightened (as with sweatpants or a bathing suit).

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

  • n. a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening

Etymologies

draw +‎ string (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The trick was a cat toy, a drawstring from a pair of track pants and a half hour.

    Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2007 » July

  • Incorporating sportswear touches - namely drawstring waists and elasticated cuffs - a lean silhouette of pleated maxi skirts and slim midi lengths was offset by trapeze line, Sixties sou'wester inspired jackets.

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  • If you are buying these online make sure you are getting the drawstring bags because the ones without the drawstring are a few dollars less but in my honest opinion are frustrating to have to close with a twist tie or to try and tie off with the edges of the bag.

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  • They do not have a mechanism such as drawstring, Velcro, tonsil, or a draft tube to close of the top edge of the sleeping bag.

    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • Six months ago, the drawstring on my black sweatpants broke and the only replacements I could find in my drawer were bright green from L.L. Bean.

    Shopping, On the Run

  • I have made drawstring bags with really cheap pink fabric & will put candy bracelet & necklace in along with a small kids make up kit which they can use in the dress up & take home!

    party planner

  • I once tried an LH tip for threading a drawstring with a wire hanger.

    Bind Paper Without Staples Using A Clever Fold | Lifehacker Australia

  • It has been made from a drawstring calico bag opened out flat.

    The Crown & Anchor mat

  • Like Mary Katherine Gallagher, holding my arm pits, nervously smelling them and launching into a Sally Field epic monologue: "My feelings about the Holidays can best be expressed by a soft pair of Russell tapered leg drawstring cotton sweatpants that were popular in the mid 90's and available for clearance at a Russell outlet center near you in the Florabama region."

    Abigail Spencer: "I Am Sweatpants": A Los Angeles Holiday Story

  • I pulled on a pair of black drawstring pants and a thick black turtleneck sweater.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

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