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[suh-spen-der] /səˈspɛn dər/
Usually, suspenders. Also called, especially British, braces. adjustable straps or bands worn over the shoulders with the ends buttoned or clipped to the waistband of a pair of trousers or a skirt to support it.
British, garter.
a hanging cable or chain in a suspension bridge connecting the deck with the suspension cable or chain.
a person or thing that suspends.
Origin of suspender
1515-25; 1800-10, Americanism for def 1; suspend + -er1
Related forms
suspenderless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for suspender
Historical Examples
  • Mrs. Charleworth, in secret conference with Abe Kauffman, the suspender salesman!

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • Oh, they had me all distributed, down to my suspender buttons!

  • About half way up is a shining object which is generally believed to be a suspender button.

  • The suspender pedlar is the mystery of the Pig-market, omnipresent and unfathomable.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • He's a suspender drummer and comes about every month—sometimes oftener—and always has 45.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • Here he paused to adjust the single strand of suspender which he wore.

    Tom Slade Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Lucky for the suspender wearin' sex there ain't any such pre-nuptial test as that, eh?

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • A lame stool is one that has three lengths and a suspender, there is a collar.

    Geography and Plays Gertrude Stein
  • He was anxious to close with me, however, and took up a pile of the suspender straps, tempting me with them.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • I laid one hand on his, and pointed to the tin badge on his suspender.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for suspender


(often pl) (Brit)
  1. an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
  2. a similar fastener attached to a garter worn by men in order to support socks US and Canadian equivalent garter
(pl) (US & Canadian) a pair of straps worn over the shoulders by men for holding up the trousers Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) braces
a person or thing that suspends, such as one of the vertical cables that carries the deck in a suspension bridge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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