One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sash worn around the waist, especially as part of a man's formal evening suit.
belt, sash, strap, waistband, band, girth, cord, filletView synonyms
- ‘Badly positioned cummerbunds and waist straps might interfere with the emergency jettisoning of weightbelts.’
- ‘There is an idea amongst people who never go to classical concerts - which is the majority of the population - that it is full of people in tiaras and cummerbunds.’
- ‘He let her pick out his tuxedo with a cummerbund and tie to match her dress.’
- ‘His hair was slicked back and he wore a white dinner jacket with a jet-black cummerbund.’
- ‘Another way to secure the pouch is to tuck it into a cummerbund, belt or sash.’
- ‘The transversus abdominis is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and is oriented horizontally like something that resembles a cummerbund.’
- ‘Not everyone is ready to throw in the cummerbund on dressy attire.’
- ‘A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance.’
- ‘A cummerbund is a pleated sash worn around the waist.’
- ‘Adding a belt, sash or cummerbund further accentuates the waist.’
- ‘Tommy, dressed in a white tux with a gray cummerbund and tie, had his arm firmly around Emily's waist.’
- ‘By definition, a tuxedo is a complete outfit that includes a jacket, trousers (usually with a silk stripe down the side), a bow tie, and, often, a cummerbund.’
- ‘Traditionally, older men wore breeches, a cummerbund, a striped shirt, a vest, and even a fez, a hat that was usually red.’
- ‘He was uneasy, real uneasy, tugging uselessly on the bottom of his jacket, and fussing with the cummerbund for the umpteenth time; yet he was looking forward to seeing her.’
- ‘I need a cummerbund for my taffeta tuxedo shirt.’
- ‘You wore your cummerbund with the stars and stripes.’
- ‘You have written about nightclubs, office parties, health clubs and skiing holidays, and now about the black-tie world of charity dinners and cummerbunds.’
- ‘The rules were simple: he was to show up with a gardenia corsage and wear a black tux with a peach cummerbund.’
- ‘The men, yours truly included, wore white tuxedos with mauve cummerbunds.’
- ‘Understandably, being identical is vital to the show's scenario, but subtle differences, perhaps in the vests or cummerbunds, would help make a show of such frantic pace less confusing.’
Early 17th century: from Urdu and Persian kamar-band, from kamar ‘waist, loins’ and -bandi ‘band’. The sash was formerly worn in the Indian subcontinent by domestic workers and low-status office workers.
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