girdle vs waistband what difference

what is difference between girdle and waistband



  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɝdl̩/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɜːdl̩/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)dəl

Etymology 1

From Middle English girdel, gerdel, gurdel, from Old English gyrdel, from Proto-Germanic *gurdilaz (girdle, belt), equivalent to gird +‎ -le. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Gäddel (belt), West Frisian gurdle, gurle, gurl (belt), Dutch gordel (belt), German Gürtel (belt), Yiddish גאַרטל(gartl, belt) (whence English gartel), Swedish gördel (girdle), Icelandic gyrðill (girdle).


girdle (plural girdles)

  1. That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
  2. A belt or elasticated corset; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
  3. The zodiac; also, the equator.
    • 1799, Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
      that gems the starry girdle of the year
    • 1782, William Cowper, Expostulation
      from the world’s girdle to the frozen pole
    • under the girdle of the world
  4. The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
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  5. (mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  6. The clitellum of an earthworm.
  7. The removal or inversion of a ring of bark in order to kill or stunt a tree.
Derived terms
  • notch girdle
  • peel girdle


girdle (third-person singular simple present girdles, present participle girdling, simple past and past participle girdled)

  1. (transitive) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
  2. (transitive) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.

Etymology 2


girdle (plural girdles)

  1. (Scotland, Northern English) Alternative form of griddle



  • Dilger, Gilder, gilder, girled, glider, gridle, regild, ridgel



From waist +‎ band.


  • IPA(key): /ˈweɪstˌbænd/, [ˈweɪst.ˌbænd]


waistband (plural waistbands)

  1. A band of fabric encircling the waist, especially a part of a pair of pants or a skirt.


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