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cummerbund

or kummerbund

[kuhm-er-buhnd] /ˈkʌm ərˌbʌnd/
noun
1.
a wide sash worn at the waist, especially a horizontally pleated one worn with a tuxedo.
Origin of cummerbund
1610-1620
1610-20; < Hindi kamarband loin-band < Persian
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  • Sir cummerbund graciously remarked; "why, the bird is stiff and cold already!"

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cummerbund

/ˈkʌməˌbʌnd/
noun
1.
a wide sash, worn with a dinner jacket
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi kamarband, from Persian, from kamar loins, waist + band band
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Word Origin and History for cummerbund
n.

1610s, from Hindi kamarband "loin band," from Persian kamar "waist" + band "something that ties," from Avestan banda- "bond, fetter," from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (see bend (v.)).

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