Meaning of “waist” in the English Dictionary

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"waist" in British English

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waistnoun [ C ]

uk /weɪst/ us /weɪst/

B2 the part of the body above and slightly narrower than the hips:

These trousers are a bit tight around my waist.

the part of a piece of clothing that goes around or covers the area between the hips and the ribs:

The skirt had an elasticated waist.

More examples

  • His shirt was open to the waist revealing a very hairy chest.
  • The veil fell almost to her waist.
  • I was starting to get a bit flabby around my waist.
  • She held on tightly to his waist.
  • She has an impossibly thin waist.

(Definition of “waist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"waist" in American English

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waistnoun [ C ]

us /weɪst/

the part of the body above and slightly narrower than the hips:

These jeans are too tight around my waist.

(Definition of “waist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)