Definition of girdle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdl//
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  1. 1 a piece of women’s underwear that fits closely around the body from the waist to the top of the legs, designed to make a woman look thinner
  2. 2(literary) a thing that surrounds something else carefully tended lawns set in a girdle of trees
  3. 3 (old-fashioned) a belt or thick string fastened around the waist to keep clothes in position
  4. Word OriginOld English gyrdel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gordel and German Gürtel, also to gird and girth.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: girdle