Definition of cincture in US English:



  • 1literary A girdle or belt.

    • ‘These tight-fitting cinctures compress and support the abdominal and lower back region while you lift.’
    • ‘Standing back, she saw that his right hand was bandaged, and that he wore a long farm-knife under the cincture of his red-stained tunic.’
    • ‘I thought of our pilgrimages out of the city, the slow tide of traffic to the shore or family visits, a cincture of security and welcome girding the suburbs and beyond.’
    belt, sash, strap, cummerbund, waistband, band, girth, cord, fillet
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  • 2Architecture
    A ring at either end of a column shaft.

    • ‘A cincture is also a feature of churches in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region.’
    • ‘Separating the column from the base is the decorative cincture.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘encircling or enclosure’): from Latin cinctura, from cinct- ‘encircled’, from the verb cingere.