sus·pend·er | \sə-ˈspen-dər \

Definition of suspender 

1 : one that suspends

2 : a device by which something may be suspended: such as

a : one of two supporting bands worn across the shoulders to support trousers, skirt, or belt usually used in plural and often with pair

b British : a fastener attached to a garment or garter to hold up a stocking or sock also : a device consisting of garter and fastener

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Other Words from suspender

suspendered \sə-ˈspen-dərd \ adjective

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The goofy exuberance of that era’s prime-time TV programming was an ideal fit artistically and aesthetically for Williams, with his rainbow suspenders, striped mime shirts and midlength dry-look hair. David Kamp, New York Times, "A Comic Force of Nature: The Life — and Death — of Robin Williams," 15 May 2018 He wasn't fired for the loss, of course, or even those ugly suspenders. Joseph Goodman,, "Bruce Pearl and Auburn are finally back in the NCAA Tournament but storm clouds linger," 14 Mar. 2018 Wore seamed stockings hooked to a suspender belt, tight pencil skirts and soft, brightly colored cashmere sweaters. Shirley Manson, New York Times, "Shirley Manson: The First Time I Cut Myself," 3 July 2018 Shirts, suspenders, flasks, cufflinks and other accessories range in price. Patrick Connolly,, "Here are 6 Orlando-based Father's Day gift ideas," 14 June 2018 These days, a mannequin wearing suspenders and a red handkerchief swings from a noose outside an old Main Street building — California Historic Landmark No. Hailey Branson-potts,, "The Hangtown Fry is a Placerville legend. It's 'disgusting,' the cooks agree. Enjoy," 20 Feb. 2018 The couple wore matching rainbow suspenders and bow ties. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Gay pride parade turnout defies conservative times in Poland," 9 June 2018 The couple wore matching rainbow suspenders and bow ties. Washington Post, "Gay pride parade turnout defies conservative times in Poland," 9 June 2018 The couple wore matching rainbow suspenders and bow ties. Vanessa Gera,, "Gay pride parade turnout defies conservative trend in Europe," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of suspender

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of suspender was in 1524

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English Language Learners Definition of suspender

suspenders : straps that are used for holding up pants and that go over a person's shoulders


sus·pend·er | \sə-ˈspen-dər \

Kids Definition of suspender

: one of a pair of straps that are attached to pants or a skirt and go over the shoulders

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