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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Other Words from suspender

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

Examples of suspender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are a lot of disposable and washable dog diapers to choose from, as well as truly adorable diaper suspenders if your pet needs a little extra help. Medea Giordano, Wired, "Best Pet Supplies and Tips for Newly Adopted Cats and Dogs," 4 June 2020 At home, Alex is in her very stylish suspenders and black frames. Shannon Carlin,, "R29 Binge Club: Homecoming Season 2 Recap," 26 May 2020 There was, Rose notes, Zeppelin beer, cheese, suspenders, boot polish and cigars. Keith O’brien, New York Times, "When Airplanes and Zeppelins Competed to Conquer the Skies," 28 Apr. 2020 Major Clues About The Masked Singer's Frog The Frog appeared to have an old school vibe with his purple, feathered hat, and suspenders when the first photos of the contestants were released. Ariana Brockington,, "The Masked Singer’s," 5 Mar. 2020 Your former editor Graydon Carter bought you a bespoke Anderson & Sheppard suit for your birthday and overruled you on your choice of belt loops vs. suspender buttons. New York Times, "Matt Tyrnauer: Chronicler of Trump’s Mentor Roy Cohn," 1 Sep. 2019 Maimbourg, 25, appears as a clown with pink suspenders over her breasts, as a kind of human ashtray with smoldering cigarettes pressing into her face, and as a grand guignol figure who has carved her heart out of her chest with a knife. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Institute of Art’s 74th annual Student Independent Exhibition displays talents on the rise," 1 Mar. 2020 Servers in blue shirts and red suspenders crisscross the restaurant, ferrying food at an angle that allows guests a preview of Conrad’s arrangements. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "A Charleston restaurant group plants a steak in Old Town," 9 Aug. 2019 Dehner emerged dressed in full uniformed leather: high boots with white lace-ups, a tie and shirt braced by white suspenders. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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“Suspender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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