From Hindustani कमरबन्द (kamarband) / کمر بند (kamar-band, “waistband, belt”), from Persian کمربند (kamar-band), from کمر (kamar, “waist”) + بند (band, “band”).
cummerbund (plural cummerbunds)
- A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and worn as an article of formal dress, as with a tuxedo or dinner jacket.
1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
- Soon after the arrival of Mrs. Campbell, dinner was announced by Abboye. He came into the drawing room resplendent in his gold-and-white turban. […] His cummerbund matched the turban in gold lines.
- 2005, Edmund White, “My Women”, in: The New Yorker
- The thin boys with their brush cuts and spotty faces, their dinner jackets and burgundy cummerbunds with matching bow ties, would gape at us.