A band is a narrow strip of fabric or some other material, like the head band a little girl wears in her hair. When a patient is admitted to a hospital, she gets a plastic wrist band with her name on it.

There are many different kinds of bands, from rubber bands to wedding bands — what they have in common is being thin and flat, and forming a kind of loop or circle. Other ways to use the word band include to mean musicians who play together or another group with something in common, like a band of thieves. When you band together with others, you join them in a clump or support a common cause.

Primary Meanings of band

an unofficial association of people or groups
a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
bind or tie together, as with a band
a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
a range of frequencies between two limits
Full Definitions of band

n an unofficial association of people or groups

circle, lot, set
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car pool
a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
confederacy, conspiracy
a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
Four Hundred
the exclusive social set of a city
horsey set, horsy set
a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
jet set
a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
company, party
a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
Bloomsbury Group
an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet
an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia
any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect
a dissenting clique
fatigue party
a group of soldiers on fatigue duty
landing party
a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore
party to the action, party to the transaction
a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings
rescue party
a party of rescuers
search party
a party of people to search for someone
stretcher party
a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person
war party
a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
galere, rogue's gallery
a coterie of undesirable people
hard core
the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
Type of:
social group
people sharing some social relation

n a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing

dance band, dance orchestra
a rock group from Liverpool who between 1962 and 1970 produced a variety of hit songs and albums (most of them written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon)
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big band
a large dance or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead musicians
combo, jazz band, jazz group
a small band of jazz musicians
rock band, rock group
a band of musicians who play rock'n'roll music
steel band
a band that plays instruments made from the heads of oil drums (Caribbean Islands)
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musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together

n instrumentalists not including string players

marching band
a band that marches (as in a parade) and plays music at the same time
brass band
a group of musicians playing only brass and percussion instruments
concert band, military band
a group of musicians playing brass and woodwind and percussion instruments
Type of:
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together

n a stripe or stripes of contrasting color

“chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands
“the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps”
banding, stria, striation
(zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
stretch mark
a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy)
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bar, streak, stripe
a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

n an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material

banding, stripe
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cigar band
a narrow paper band around a cigar
a band around the crown of a hat just above the brim
a band around the collar of a garment
a very thin stripe (especially a white stripe on a dark fabric)
Type of:
a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

n a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

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a band worn around the upper arm
arm band, armlet
a band worn around the arm for decoration
a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle
a cloth band that is worn around the waist (as on infants until the navel has healed)
collar, neckband
a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
garter, supporter
a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)
cincture, girdle, sash, waistband, waistcloth
a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
a band worn around or over the head
headpiece, headstall
the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
hoop, ring
a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
elastic, elastic band, rubber band
a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
shoulder strap, strap
a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
a band of fabric or leather sewn inside the crown of a hat
a band of material tied around the forehead or wrist to absorb sweat
bracelet, watch bracelet, watchband, watchstrap, wristband
a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
mourning band, weed
a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning
band consisting of a part of a sleeve that covers the wrist
wrist band, wristlet
a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
carabiner, karabiner, snap ring
an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
choker, neck ruff, ruff, ruffle
a high tight collar
Roman collar, clerical collar, dog collar
a stiff white collar with no opening in the front; a distinctive symbol of the clergy
a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo
curtain ring
a circular ring for holding up a curtain
dog collar
a collar for a dog
Eton collar
broad white collar worn over the lapels of a jacket
key ring
a circular ring of metal for holding keys
napkin ring
a circular band used to hold a particular person's napkin
nose ring
a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it
Peter Pan collar
a flat collar with rounded ends that meet in front
rabato, rebato
a wired or starched collar of intricate lace; worn in 17th century
the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
(basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
fillet, taenia, tenia
a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
tire, tyre
hoop that covers a wheel
towel ring
a circular hoop for holding a towel
polo-neck collar, turtleneck collar
a high close-fitting turnover collar
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slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

n jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

“he noted that she wore a wedding band
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a small ring
engagement ring
a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal
mourning ring
a ring worn as a memorial to a dead person
a small ring
seal ring, signet ring
a ring bearing a signet
wedding band, wedding ring
a ring (usually plain gold) given to the bride (and sometimes one is also given to the groom) at the wedding
Type of:
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)

n a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

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slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

n a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration

Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself)

n a restraint put around something to hold it together

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brake band
a band that can be tightened around a shaft to stop its rotation
a band or collar that holds an individual stone in a jewelry setting
a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone
band or rope made of twisted twigs or stems
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constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

n a driving belt in machinery

Type of:
endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys

v bind or tie together, as with a band

Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

v attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

band the geese to observe their migratory patterns”
Type of:
cause to be attached

n a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure

Type of:
part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function

n a range of frequencies between two limits

frequency band, waveband
a band of adjacent radio frequencies (e.g., assigned for transmitting radio or television signals)
Type of:
a variety of different things or activities

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