Pronunciation: (gär'tur),[key] —n. 1. Also called, Brit.,sock suspender, suspender. an article of clothing for holding up a stocking or sock, usually an elastic band around the leg or an elastic strap hanging from a girdle or other undergarment.
2. a similar band worn to hold up a shirt sleeve.
3. a leather strap for passing through a loop at the back of a boot and buckling around the leg to keep the boot from slipping.
4. Brit. a. the badge of the Order of the Garter.
b. membership in the Order.
c. (cap.) the Order itself.
d. (usually cap.) a member of the Order.