- an elastic band, or a fastener suspended from a band, girdle, etc., for holding a stocking or sock in position
- an elastic band formerly worn to keep a shirt sleeve pushed up
- the badge of the Order of the Garter
- the order itself
- membership in it
Origin of garterMiddle English ; from Norman French gartier ; from Old French garet, jaret, small of the leg behind the knee ; from Celt, as in Breton gar, shank of the leg
- 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.
- Gartera. The badge of the Order of the Garter.b. The order itself.c. Membership in the order.
transitive verbgar·tered, gar·ter·ing, gar·ters
- To fasten and hold with a garter.
- To put a garter on.
Origin of garterMiddle English, band to support socks, from Old North French gartier, from garet, bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin.
(third-person singular simple present garters, present participle gartering, simple past and past participle gartered)
- to fasten with a garter
From Old French gartier, jartier, from garet, jaret. Cognate with French jarretière.