garter

[gahr-ter]
noun
1.
Also called, British, sock suspender, suspender. an article of clothing for holding up a stocking or sock, usually an elastic band around the leg or an elastic strap hanging from a girdle or other undergarment.
2.
a similar band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve.
3.
a leather strap for passing through a loop at the back of a boot and buckling around the leg to keep the boot from slipping.
4.
British.
a.
the badge of the Order of the Garter.
b.
membership in the Order.
c.
(initial capital letter) the Order itself.
d.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of the Order.
verb (used with object)
5.
to fasten with a garter.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old North French gartier, derivative of garet the bend of the knee < Celtic; compare Welsh gar shank, Breton gâr leg

garterless, adjective
ungarter, verb (used with object)
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garter (ˈɡɑːtə)
 
n
1.  a band, usually of elastic, worn round the arm or leg to hold up a shirtsleeve, sock, or stocking
2.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
 b.  Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): suspender a similar fastener attached to a garter belt worn by men in order to support socks
3.  have someone's guts for garters See gut
 
vb
4.  (tr) to fasten, support, or secure with or as if with a garter
 
[C14: from Old Northern French gartier, from garet bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin]

Garter (ˈɡɑːtə)
 
n
1.  See Order of the Garter
2.  (sometimes not capital)
 a.  the badge of this Order
 b.  membership of this Order

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garter
c.1350, from O.N.Fr. gartier "band just above or below the knee," from garet "bend of the knee," perhaps from Gaul. (cf. Welsh garr "leg"). Garter, highest order of knighthood, according to Froissart established c.1344 by Edward III, though the usual story of how it came about is late (1614) and perhaps
apocryphal. Garter snake (U.S.) so called from resemblance to a ribbon. Garter belt first noticed 1959.
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And other snakes are set to join the ranks of the sequenced, including the garter snake, the rattlesnake and the king cobra.
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