- 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.
- Garter a. 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.