midriff

Your midriff is your belly. Wearing a shirt that shows off your midriff might be banned at your school.

The center of your body's front side, generally the area under your ribcage and above your waist or hips, can be called the midriff. This noun is sometimes used as a substitute for belly or waist, especially when someone is wearing clothes that deliberately expose this area. Your bikini reveals your midriff, but your winter coat covers your midriff. In Old English, the word was midhrif, from hrif, "belly."

Definitions of midriff
  1. noun
    the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
    synonyms: middle, midsection
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    type of:
    area, region
    a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
  2. noun
    (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
    synonyms: diaphragm
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    type of:
    membrane, tissue layer
    a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
    muscle system, muscular structure, musculature
    the muscular system of an organism
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