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gar·​ter ˈgär-tər How to pronounce garter (audio)
: a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock
: a band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve
: a strap hanging from a girdle or corset to support a stocking
: the British Order of the Garter
also : the blue velvet garter that is its badge
: membership in the order


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gartered; gartering; garters

transitive verb

: to support with or as if with a garter

Examples of garter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Between the unbuttoned Tibi vest, latex garters, and beaded Monôt halter that betray a hint of nipple, the actor has been taken a big swings with her fashion. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 Sheer garter stockings worn under her bottom accentuated her legs. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 Pair it with the matching garter and thong to create a look that’s swoon-worthy. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Nab the matching underwear and garter to really complete this full-pink look. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 One classic wedding tradition that Sydney did embrace was wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue — including vintage jewelry given to her over the years by Band, and a garter that her sister wore to her own wedding. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2023 Boys wear smaller versions called garters on elastic bands on their arms. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 10 Oct. 2023 The arrangements became more elaborate starting in the 1980s, having grown considerably since the days when a boy commemorated homecoming by giving a simple chrysanthemum corsage to a girl, and received a garter in return. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Male students wear a more compact version, known as a garter, which is held to the upper arm with an elastic band. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garter was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Garter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a band worn to hold up a stocking or sock

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