gar·​ter | \ ˈgär-tər How to pronounce garter (audio) \

Definition of garter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock
b : a band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve
c : a strap hanging from a girdle or corset to support a stocking

2 capitalized

a : the British Order of the Garter also : the blue velvet garter that is its badge
b : membership in the order


gartered; gartering; garters

Definition of garter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to support with or as if with a garter

Examples of garter in a Sentence

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In fact, Sterling even caught the garter during the reception — even though he's been happily married to Ryan Michelle Bathe for more than 10 years. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley and His Wife Chrishell Have the Best Love Story," 19 Feb. 2019 Sitting at a situation room’s round table, Ms. Weaver, who also directs, portrays an unnamed President in a blazer, short skirt and sock garters. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Unexploded Ordnances,’ It’s an Hour to Doomsday. Help!," 8 Jan. 2018 There were glow-in-the-dark garters, green leopard-print robes, fishnet bodysuits layered over black bras, criss-cross cage lingerie sets adorned with flowers, a bright blue bra set styled with a do-rag. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 Daniels danced on the floor at one end of the stage, then the other, accepting dollar bills in a garter or between her breasts. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 Several times during the rest of her 15-minute routine, Daniels’ paused to shake them against the faces of cheering men sitting in the front row and stuffing cash into her garter belt. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / The Trump Era Stormy Daniels storms out of Chicago strip club: 'I got fired,' she says as weekend shows appear canceled," 15 June 2018 Head to the Theater at the Ace Hotel for this steamy (18+) parody show, which drops characters from George Lucas’ classic films into a world full of bustiers and garter belts. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down," 31 May 2018 And instead sharing a simple snap of the couple, Michelle instead leaned into a more intimate moment from the day's festivities — her beloved sliding her garter down her thigh and off her foot. D. Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Michelle Obama Shares a Never-Before-Seen Photo From Her Wedding Day," 23 May 2018 Depression sounded like a blues woman who kept switchblades in her garters, flasks in her brassiere and whiskey on her tongue (or gin, depending on the day). Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Just an Ordinary Pain: Living With Persistent Depressive Disorder," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of garter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garter


Middle English, from Anglo-French gareter, from garet thigh, shank, of Celt origin; akin to Welsh gar shank

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English Language Learners Definition of garter

: an elastic band of material that is worn around the leg to hold up a stocking or sock
US : a piece of material that hangs down from a woman's underwear and that is used to hold up a stocking


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Kids Definition of garter

: a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock

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