sus·​pend·​er | \ sə-ˈspen-dər How to pronounce suspender (audio) \

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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suspendered \ sə-​ˈspen-​dərd How to pronounce suspendered (audio) \ adjective

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Alexandria wore a two-piece ensemble by her friend Tanya Taylor, while Nicholas wore a white linen button-down with pale blue trousers and yellow-and-blue suspenders that Alexandria had tracked down on Etsy. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 2018 Her aging great uncle, a former Pullman porter, insisted on his dignity, wearing suspenders, dress shirts and a fedora even when mowing the lawn. Kay S. Hymowitz, WSJ, "‘Becoming’ Review: The Sound of Striving," 12 Nov. 2018 Watch suspender-wearing Scott Wadsworth handle a circular saw, review work gear, and swing a framing hammer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Other stylish Chanel pieces to catch throughout the video: those iconic suspenders from Spring '97, a mini skirt and cardigan set from '03, a logo choker necklace, and a baseball jersey from Spring 1991. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dreezy and Kash Doll's "Chanel Slides" Video Is the Kind of Energy We Want to Channel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Racks of vintage drivers’ jackets, bras and stockings, Borsalino hats and suspenders, loose-fitting blazers and floor-sweeping skirts crowd the rooms. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Meet the Adorable Italian Stars in HBO’s Elena Ferrante Adaptation, My Brilliant Friend," 14 Aug. 2018 Warner’s jeans had but a single pocket, a button fly and no belt loops -- remember, men favored a good set of suspenders back in the day. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Vintage pair of Levis, 125 years old, go for close to $100,000," 26 May 2018 By 2013, the team had found its signature outfit, a colorful shorts-and-suspenders design by Mr. Mayer that celebrated masculine glamour and energy. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 Carl wore glasses, suspenders, and carried his trusty inhaler. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of suspender

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of suspender

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


sus·​pend·​er | \ sə-ˈspen-dər How to pronounce suspender (audio) \

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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