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garter

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noun gar·ter \ˈgär-tər\

Definition of garter

  1. 1 a :  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. 2 capitalized a :  the British Order of the Garter; also :  the blue velvet garter that is its badge b :  membership in the order

Origin and Etymology of garter

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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garter

verb gar·ter

Definition of garter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to support with or as if with a garter

15th Century

First Known Use of garter

15th century



GARTER Defined for English Language Learners

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garter

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noun gar·ter \ˈgär-tər\

Definition of garter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GARTER Defined for Kids

garter

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noun gar·ter \ˈgär-tər\

Definition of garter for Students

  1. :  a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock


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