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[suh-pawr-ter, -pohr-]
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  1. a person or thing that supports.
  2. an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
  3. a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, especially a jockstrap.
  4. a garter, especially one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
  5. Heraldry. either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
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Origin of supporter

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at support, -er1
Related formsnon·sup·port·er, noun
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  1. a person who or thing that acts as a support
  2. a person who backs a sports team, politician, etc
  3. a garment or device worn to ease the strain on or restrict the movement of a bodily structure or part
  4. 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.).

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