One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A girdle or belt.
girdle, sash, strap, cummerbund, waistband, band, girthView synonyms
- ‘The corners are gathered together in a rosette and knotted along the ceinture so as to overlap slightly, while the lower end floats free.’
- ‘It is worn from the ceinture in front, and looks much like a row of very elongated little bells, which clash together with a musical tinkle at every movement of the wearer.’
- ‘She forms a knot in Guigemar's chemise that only she can untie, and he places a ceinture around her waist that only he can unfasten.’
- ‘I asked her to consult the evidence of her eyes, and whether such a costume, braided hair with jewels, and an embroidered gown with rich ceinture, had at all a manly appearance.’
- ‘Most recognizable were the brightly colored, woven sashes, or ceintures.’
Late Middle English: via French from Latin cinctura (see cincture).
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