Definition of armband in English:



  • 1A band worn around a person's upper arm to hold up a shirtsleeve or as a form of identification.

    • ‘While being coached, top athletes are encouraged to soak armbands and sweatbands in their favourite aftershave or perfume.’
    • ‘Jackson, who appeared at the Santa Maria hearing wearing a black suit, a red armband and sunglasses, faces a total of 10 charges, in what has been dubbed the trial of the decade.’
    • ‘To show their support people are asked to wear a white band, either an armband, wristband or headband, during the concerts.’
    • ‘Her jewelry was also gold - an armband for her upper arm, a plain gold band for her middle finger, a stringy anklet with small bells, and a pair of long, chandelier earrings.’
    • ‘They wore colourful cotton dressed, woven grass armbands and anklets, and red palm bands in their hair.’
    • ‘Winter is fast creeping in, so pedestrians and cyclists must wear armbands or reflective clothing to be safe and be seen when using the public road at night.’
    • ‘Pedestrians were reminded to wear bright highly visible clothing, reflective armbands, sam-brown belts or jackets and to face on-coming traffic when out walking.’
    • ‘On the final whistle he had already ripped the captain's armband from his shirt.’
    • ‘Teachers at schools and colleges in Rawalpindi attended work wearing black armbands and organised rallies and marches inside their institutions.’
    • ‘After the United States entered World War I, American correspondents covering it were issued military uniforms with green armbands.’
    • ‘Most of them did not have any uniforms, so they were given red armbands that identified them as ‘law-and-order’ officers.’
    • ‘She wore anklets, armbands, earrings and a very complex dangly necklace.’
    • ‘The organizers of the march were easy to identify by their red t-shirts and gold armbands.’
    • ‘Here and there the road has collapsed into a hole where the waters washed away the foundations, and the army is out in force on the streets, wearing fluorescent jackets and armbands saying ‘police’.’
    • ‘Prince Harry caused worldwide revulsion when he was pictured wearing a Nazi costume and swastika armband at a fancy dress party.’
    • ‘But he should get a much friendlier reception when he pulls on the England shirt and captain's armband again.’
    • ‘Sometimes dancers use wooden shields and spears and wear head-bands and armbands made of beads.’
    • ‘All three members of the band appeared on stage dressed in white and wearing black armbands to mark the death of Johnny Cash, the king of country music, who had died earlier the same day.’
    • ‘If you decide to get an armband tattoo, opt for tribal or Celtic styles.’
    • ‘When walking to school small children should not cross roads alone and when on country roads they should wear reflective armbands and bright clothing.’
    1. 1.1An inflatable plastic band worn around a person's upper arm as a swimming aid.
      • ‘This competition was like racing Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps in inflatable armbands, or making Paula Radcliffe and the rest have a little lie-down in the middle of the marathon.’
      • ‘I guess then it would be re-reclaimed land - better take my inflatable armbands and rubber ducky.’
      • ‘Elwani has come a long way since she herself wore armbands in the swimming pool.’
      • ‘It's great fun while you're still in swimming armbands and short trousers.’
      • ‘Their obvious skill and confidence made me feel like a five-year-old, complete with Donald Duck armbands, who has mistakenly been entered into the Olympic freestyle final.’
      • ‘Things finally came to a head during an outing to Lulworth, when the DO sent a First Class diver home for entering the water without armbands.’
      • ‘And it appears that Lewis could be on the way to following in his father's footsteps - loving nothing more than splashing around in the water and swimming without armbands.’
      • ‘Other amazing samples from the plant world will be revealed to the children, including plants with armbands to help them swim and meat-eating plants like the Pitcher plant, which is on loan from Cardiff University.’
      • ‘Children will be required to bring swimming gear, armbands, swimming cap and towel and a packed lunch.’