Garter king-at-arms
Garter Gar"ter, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[`e]re, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See {Garrote}.] 1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg. [1913 Webster]

2. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) Same as {Bendlet}. [1913 Webster]

{Garter fish} (Zo["o]l.), a fish of the genus {Lepidopus}, having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the scabbard fish.

{Garter king-at-arms}, the chief of the official heralds of England, king-at-arms to the Order of the Garter; -- often abbreviated to {Garter}.

{Garter snake} (Zo["o]l.), one of several harmless American snakes of the genus {Eut[ae]nia}, of several species (esp. {E. saurita} and {E. sirtalis}); one of the striped snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of color. [1913 Webster]


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  • King-at-arms — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king-at-arms — king of armsˈ (sometimes king at armsˈ) noun A principal herald (those of England having the designations Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy and Ulster (includes N Ireland), of Scotland, Lyon) • • • Main Entry: ↑king * * * king at arms «KIHNG uht… …   Useful english dictionary

  • King-of-arms — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • King of Arms — is the senior rank of an officer of arms. In many heraldic traditions, only a king of arms has the authority to grant armorial bearings. In other traditions, the power has been delegated to other officers of similar rank.Heraldic dutiesIn England …   Wikipedia

  • Clarenceux King of Arms — The arms of office of the Clarenceux King of Arms   Tradition Gallo British …   Wikipedia

  • Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms — Infobox Military Unit unit name=Her Majesty s Bodyguard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms caption=Badge of the Gentlemen at Arms dates=1509 country=England branch= role=Royal Bodyguard type=Dismounted bodyguard size= command… …   Wikipedia

  • Garter — Gar ter, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[ e]re, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See {Garrote}.] 1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garter — Gar ter, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[ e]re, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See {Garrote}.] 1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garter fish — Garter Gar ter, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[ e]re, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See {Garrote}.] 1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garter snake — Garter Gar ter, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[ e]re, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See {Garrote}.] 1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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