Definition of “pelvis” - English Dictionary

“pelvis” in British English

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pelvisnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpel.vɪs/ us /ˈpel.vɪs/


  • A woman’s pelvis is usually wider but shorter than a man’s.
  • From his studies of bones, he showed that they all had the same kind of pelvis and straight legs (a bit like the human pelvis and legs today).
  • The pelvis is useful in deciding if the bones belonged to a man or a woman.

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

“pelvis” in American English

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pelvisnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpel·vɪs/

the bones that form a bowl-shaped structure in the area below the waist at the top of the legs, to which the leg bones and spine (= row of bones in the back) are joined

adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈpel·vɪk/

pelvic muscles

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