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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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 The bearded farmer and his four boys dressed alike in straw hats and pants hitched up by suspenders. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade," 4 Sep. 2018 Mirrored sunglasses, a black turtleneck (tucked under the bib and suspenders, of course), and a pair of Pumas completed the look. WSJ, "WSJ Readers On Their Most Regrettable Fashion Buys," 29 Oct. 2018 Just throw on your most out there outer space look (bonus points for orange suspenders) and don't leave home without your multipass! Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Easy Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hairstyle," 4 Sep. 2018 Ashley and Van Dusen’s brother wore shorts and black shirts with suspenders and bow ties. Alex Pulaski,, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 In keeping with the referential theme, a subsequent share saw Baldwin in a crop top coupled with suspenders, making what seemed to be an intentional nod to Jovovich's Leeloo. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Reveals a New Shocking Neon Hair Color on Instagram," 7 June 2018 She was dressed in a studded motorcycle jacket over a white crop top, black palazzo pants, suspenders, a derby wool hat and mirrored sunglasses. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 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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