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[suh-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
a person or thing that supports.
an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, especially a jockstrap.
a garter, especially one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
Heraldry. either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
Origin of supporter
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at support, -er1
Related forms
nonsupporter, noun Unabridged
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  • Arthur Fletcher was there as a young man well known in the world, and as a supporter of the Duke's Government.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • It was plain that he was known as a belligerent, a supporter of Professor Frazer.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • I found a supporter at Sligo in my elderly uncle, a man of fifty-three or fifty-four, with the habits of a much older man.

    The Trembling of the Veil William Butler Yeats
  • Templeton became the sole friend, comforter, and supporter of the daughter.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Oppius was a man of equestrian rank, a supporter and agent of Csar at Rome.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
British Dictionary definitions for supporter


a person who or thing that acts as a support
a person who backs a sports team, politician, etc
a garment or device worn to ease the strain on or restrict the movement of a bodily structure or part
(heraldry) a figure or beast in a coat of arms depicted as holding up the shield
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Word Origin and History for supporter

mid-15c., agent noun from support (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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