- the badge of the Order of the Garter.
- membership in the Order.
- (initial capital letter)the Order itself.
- (usually initial capital letter)a member of the Order.
verb (used with object)
- garré's disease,
- garter belt,
- garter snake,
- garter stitch,
Origin of garter
Examples from the Web for gartered
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.Pharaoh's Broker|Ellsworth Douglass
Their sandals were secured with scarlet thongs, crossed and gartered to the calf.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird
The Duke named other examples of Prime Ministers who had been gartered by themselves.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
Under the smock-frock were leggings laced at the sides, and gartered above the knees.The Rich Little Poor Boy|Eleanor Gates
His sword, his belt, his gartered knees; and all the jewelled insignia of Spanish chivalry, glittered on his person.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 2 (of 4)|Jane Porter
- an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
- a similar fastener attached to a garter belt worn by men in order to support socksAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): suspender
Word Origin for garter
noun the Garter
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.