Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, such as a hook, that suspends something else.
  • n. An often elastic strap worn over the shoulders to support trousers. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Chiefly British A garter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something or someone who suspends.
  • n. An item of apparel consisting of a strap worn over the shoulder and used hold up trousers. Called braces in other parts of the world.
  • n. An item of apparel used to hold up a sock or (now especially) a stocking, such as a garter, or each of the fastening-straps attached to a corset or suspender belt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, suspends; esp., one of a pair of straps or braces worn over the shoulders, for holding up the trousers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which suspends or is suspended.
  • n. One of the two straps worn for holding up trousers, etc.; one of a pair of braces: generally in the plural.
  • n. A hanging basket or vase, as for flowers.
  • n. One of a series of tanning-pits. See the quotation.
  • n. One who remains in a state of suspense; a waverer.
  • n. In Scotch law, he who secures a suspension (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)

Etymologies

From suspend + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Boy, oh boy! he could see what kind of suspender belt she was wearing.

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  • I know a guy who uses the Dex (also back of the arm) and he clips the receiver to a 'suspender' of his bib shorts when cycling so he can look down and see it easily.

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  • The 'suspender' strips are a unique feature made possible by those deep, square armholes - I couldn't pass them up.

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  • The agency said the toll and fare increase would fund a new $33 billion, 10-year capital plan, which includes raising the Bayonne Bridge so that new, larger ships can fit underneath it, and replacing the 592 suspender ropes of the George Washington Bridge, both of which are estimated to cost $1 billion.

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  • We are what we are -- half a brassiere, half a suspender.

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  • And poor Sean Connery will never live down the suspender-and-adult-diaper look.

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  • On the surface, times have indeed changed since the first movie introduced this slick, suspender-sporting embodiment of Reagan-era capitalism.

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  • Those really were some good, solid suspender clips that Clich├ę had gotten rich off of!

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  • Among other things, he owned a whole heap of money, the patent for a suspender clip, a village full of hippos, a castle called Margarine, and a baroness named Juliette.

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  • Beside us were ornery women in tall hats, suspender dads, kids deformed with ribbons, rural Lotharios, tattooed grandmas, livestock lawyers, reverse cowboys, and young men carbuncular.

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