cummerbund

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A cummerbund

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From Hindustani कमरबन्द (kamarband) / کمر بند (kamar-band, waistband, belt), from Persian کمربند (kamar-band), from کمر (kamar, waist) + بند (band, band).

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cummerbund (plural cummerbunds)

  1. 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.

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