The girdle is a band of silk or linen embroidered with golden or silver crosses. Its use is nowadays restricted to bishops on certain ceremonial occasions, though in the past, it formed part of the liturgical vestments of priests and bishops alike. It is worn over the epitrachelion around the waist, with its two ends held together by means of a silver clasp.
The girdle stands for the concept of virtue and piety: "Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist and faithfulness the girdle of his loins" (Isa. 11:5). It also symbolizes vigilance and watchfulness: "Let your loins be girdled and your lamps burning" Luke 12:35. It is associated with the leather girdle that St. John the Baptist wore round his waist (Matt. 3:4) and with St. John's vision of Christ "clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast" Rev. 1:13.



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  • Girdle — Gir dle, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g[ u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See {Gird}, v. t., to encircle, and cf. {Girth}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — [gʉrd′ l] n. [ME girdil < OE gyrdel < base of gyrdan (see GIRD1): akin to Ger gürtel] 1. Archaic a belt or sash for the waist 2. anything that surrounds or encircles ☆ 3. a woman s elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the… …   English World dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girdled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girdling}.] 1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. [1913 Webster] Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — (n.) O.E. gyrdel belt, sash, cord about the waist, common Germanic. (Cf. O.N. gyrðill, Swed. gördel, O.Fris. gerdel, Du. gordel, O.H.G. gurtil, Ger. Gürtel belt ), related to O.E. gyrdan to gird (see GIRD (Cf. gird)). Modern euphemistic sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • Girdle — To gird the loins is a custom as old as the garments themselves. The girdles of the Saxons and Normans present no peculiarity of form or ornament, but those of persons of distinction were of the costliest materials, and occasionally ornamented… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • girdle — [1] ► NOUN 1) a belt or cord worn round the waist. 2) a woman s elasticated corset extending from waist to thigh. ► VERB ▪ encircle with a girdle or belt. ORIGIN Old English, related to GIRD(Cf. ↑gird) and G …   English terms dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, n. A griddle. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), embrace (encircle), enclose, enclosure, encompass (surround), hedge …   Law dictionary

  • girdle — vb *surround, environ, encircle, circle, encompass, compass, hem, gird, ring Analogous words: see those at GIRD (to surround) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • girdle — [n] corset band, belt, sash, undergarment, underwear, waistband; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

  • Girdle — This article is about the item of clothing. In the Scots language, girdle refers to a cooking griddle. In malacology a girdle is part of a chiton.The word girdle originally meant a belt. In modern English the term girdle is most commonly used for …   Wikipedia

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