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garter British & World English

A band worn around the leg to keep a stocking or sock up

the Garter in garter British & World English

short for Order of the Garter.

garter belt British & World English

A suspender belt

garter snake British & World English

A common, harmless North American snake that typically has well-defined longitudinal stripes and favours damp habitats

garter stitch British & World English

Knitting in which all of the rows are knitted in plain stitch, rather than alternating with purl rows

Garter King of Arms British & World English

(In the UK) the principal King of Arms of the English College of Arms

Order of the Garter British & World English

The highest order of English knighthood, founded by Edward III circa 1344. According to tradition, the garter was that of the Countess of Salisbury, which the king placed on his own leg after it fell off while she was dancing with him. The king’s comment to those present, ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’ (shame be to him who thinks evil of it), was adopted as the motto of the order