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  1. Usually suspenders. Also called, especially British, braces. adjustable straps or bands worn over the shoulders with the ends buttoned or clipped to the waistband of a pair of trousers or a skirt to support it.
  2. British. garter.
  3. a hanging cable or chain in a suspension bridge connecting the deck with the suspension cable or chain.
  4. a person or thing that suspends.
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Origin of suspender

1515–25; 1800–10, Americanism for def 1; suspend + -er1
Related formssus·pend·er·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for suspender

Historical Examples

  • I don't know why, unless because of his one suspender, and then it ought to be Strap.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • "He didn't have the suspender on his face," Pee-wee shouted.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Oh, they had me all distributed, down to my suspender buttons!

  • It cut the suspender and let the torpedo sink to the bottom.

  • But how much more than his shirt depended on this granddaughter of Suspender!

British Dictionary definitions for suspender


  1. (often plural) British
    1. an elastic strap attached to a belt or corset having a fastener at the end, for holding up women's stockings
    2. a similar fastener attached to a garter worn by men in order to support socksUS and Canadian equivalent: garter
  2. (plural) US and Canadian a pair of straps worn over the shoulders by men for holding up the trousersAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): braces
  3. a person or thing that suspends, such as one of the vertical cables that carries the deck in a suspension bridge
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