Stockings, until the middle of the century, were commonly drawn over the ends of the breeches and gartered below the knee.
Under the smock-frock were leggings laced at the sides, and gartered above the knees.
His sword, his belt, his gartered knees; and all the jewelled insignia of Spanish chivalry, glittered on his person.
The Duke named other examples of Prime Ministers who had been gartered by themselves.
Their sandals were secured with scarlet thongs, crossed and gartered to the calf.
A two-headed iron serpent with golden eyes clasped the upper arm and gartered the knee, but no jewels of any kind were to be seen.
Stockings were pulled over the knee, and were gartered below and rolled above it.
early 14c., from Old North French gartier "band just above or below the knee" (Old French jartier, 14c., Modern French jarretière), from garet "bend of the knee," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Welsh garr "leg"). Garter as the highest order of knighthood (mid-14c.), according to Froissart was established c.1344 by Edward III, though the usual story of how it came about is late (1614) and perhaps apocryphal. The verb is mid-15c., from the noun. Garter snake (U.S.) so called from resemblance to a ribbon. Garter belt first noticed 1913.