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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The decline of narrow-headed garter snakes is so great that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed them as endangered in 2014. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 As one of the most aquatic garter snakes, the narrow-headed garter snake is facing a bleak future in Arizona and throughout its Southwestern home range. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 The tossing of the bridal bouquet, the removal and tossing of garter and the spotlight on the cutting of the wedding cake are being skipped more and more. Matt Campbell, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2021 Long before she was required by federal law to wear a mask on airport property, Reeder, the airport's biologist-in-residence, was trying to save the garter snakes from extinction. Erica Davies, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021 Uniform-style clothes appear standard issue in the front, only to be slashed and cut in the back, revealing male models in garter belts and thongs. Vogue, 5 Aug. 2021 But no one was more delighted than Tucker, who tried on a second dress in a similar style, and even slipped on a garter. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 Back in May, Chanel approved the comeback with garter belts, lip rings, and fishnets for its Cruise 2022 show. Frances Solá-santiago,, 22 June 2021 There were also sightings of garter snakes near hot springs in Southeast in the 1970s, but more recent surveys found no trace of them, Ream said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2021

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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 Celtic origin; akin to Welsh gar shank

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16 Nov 2021

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“Garter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: a piece of material that hangs down from a woman's underwear and that is used to hold up a stocking


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

Kids Definition of garter

: a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock

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