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

  • n. See diaphragm.
  • n. The middle outer portion of the front of the human body, extending roughly from just below the breast to the waistline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mid section of the human torso, from below the chest to above the waist

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See diaphragm, n., 2.
  • n. The middle part of the front of the body, from the waist to the chest.
  • n. That part of a garment, especially a dress or bodice, that covers the midriff{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The diaphragm. See cut at diaphragm.

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

  • n. the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
  • n. (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration


Middle English midrif, from Old English midhrif : midd, mid; see mid1 + hrif, belly; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mydryf, from Old English mid + hrif ("stomach") (Wiktionary)



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