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.
a similar band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve.
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.
the badge of the Order of the Garter.
membership in the Order.
(initial capital letter) the Order itself.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of the Order.
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.