Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The diaphragm. See cut at diaphragm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English midrif, from Old English midhrif : midd, mid; see mid + hrif, belly; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English mydryf, from Old English mid + hrif ("stomach")

Examples

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  • ...if ya catch midriff.

    November 24, 2008