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[suh-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
a person or thing that supports.
an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, especially a jockstrap.
a garter, especially one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
Heraldry. either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
Origin of supporter
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see support, -er1
Related forms
nonsupporter, noun Unabridged
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  • Arthur Fletcher was there as a young man well known in the world, and as a supporter of the Duke's Government.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Templeton became the sole friend, comforter, and supporter of the daughter.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I found a supporter at Sligo in my elderly uncle, a man of fifty-three or fifty-four, with the habits of a much older man.

    The Trembling of the Veil William Butler Yeats
  • It was plain that he was known as a belligerent, a supporter of Professor Frazer.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Oppius was a man of equestrian rank, a supporter and agent of Csar at Rome.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
British Dictionary definitions for supporter


a person who or thing that acts as a support
a person who backs a sports team, politician, etc
a garment or device worn to ease the strain on or restrict the movement of a bodily structure or part
(heraldry) a figure or beast in a coat of arms depicted as holding up the shield
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Word Origin and History for supporter

mid-15c., agent noun from support (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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