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From belly +‎ band. As a Japanese article of clothing, a calque of Japanese 腹巻き (haramaki).


bellyband (plural bellybands)

  1. (equestrianism) A strap around the belly of a horse or other draft animal used to secure a saddle or the shafts of a cart.
  2. (fashion, medicine) Various constrictive bands worn around the belly, particularly:
    1. A band worn by expectant mothers to constrict and support the fetus.
    2. A band worn by babies to protect the navel.
    3. A haramaki: a band of cloth worn around the abdomen to preserve stomach qi and boost circulation.
  3. (nautical) A band of canvas used to strengthen a sail.
  4. A type of dust jacket that covers only a portion of a book.