a. An elasticized band worn around the leg to hold up a stocking or sock.
b. A suspender strap with a fastener attached to a girdle or belt to hold up a stocking or sock.
c. An elasticized band worn around the arm to keep the sleeve pushed up.
a. The badge of the Order of the Garter.
b. The order itself.
c. Membership in the order.
tr.v. gar·tered, gar·ter·ing, gar·ters
1. To fasten and hold with a garter.
2. To put a garter on.
[Middle English, band to support socks, from Old North French gartier, from garet, bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin.]
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