• WordNet 3.6
    • n waistcloth a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waistcloth A cloth or wrapper worn about the waist; by extension, such a garment worn about the hips and passing between the thighs.
    • Waistcloth (Naut) A covering of canvas or tarpaulin for the hammocks, stowed on the nettings, between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waistcloth A piece of cloth worn by the natives in India around the waist and hanging below it, and, as often worn, passed between the thighs. Compare dhotee.
    • n waistcloth Nautical:
    • n waistcloth Hammock-cloths of the waist nettings.
    • n waistcloth plural Cloths hung about the cage-work of a ship's hull, to protect the men in action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waistcloth a piece of cloth worn around the waist, and hanging below it, in India
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæxt, growth (Ice. vöxtr); conn, with wæstme, growth, weaxen, to grow.


In literature:

He was dressed in all the dignity of a woollen shirt, with a piece of fine "tapa" for a waistcloth, feet and legs bare.
"The Cruise of the Cachalot" by Frank T. Bullen
A married woman is buried in a kay-in', a particular skirt made for burial in Titipan, and a white blue-bordered waistcloth or la-ma.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
There we stripped off our outer garments till Bes was naked save for his waistcloth and I was clad only in a jerkin.
"The Ancient Allan" by H. Rider Haggard
The waistcloth worn by men.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
They blindfolded each other with strips torn from their waistcloths, or whatever else they had.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
The men were dressed in waistcloths of blue cotton, hanging down behind, mostly bordered with red, blue, and white.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here, take this dollar, and tie it up in the corner of your waistcloth.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
We were rowed there by a Samoan in a waistcloth.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
He detached the bag, the waistcloth and moccasins, and calling to his comrades retreated farther into the forest.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Early the next morning the champions are roused from their sleep, and dressed each in a fine new waistcloth.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes