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[guh-rahzh, -rahj or, esp. British, gar-ij, -ahzh] /gəˈrɑʒ, -ˈrɑdʒ or, esp. British, ˈgær ɪdʒ, -ɑʒ/
a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles.
a commercial establishment for repairing and servicing motor vehicles.
verb (used with object), garaged, garaging.
to put or keep in a garage.
Origin of garage
1900-05; < French, equivalent to gar(er) to shelter (< Germanic *warôn to take notice of; see ware2) + -age -age
Related forms
garageable, adjective
ungaraged, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then it drove away, for K. must take it to the garage and walk back.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Then she turned and went to the garage, leaving John to his visit with Eileen.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Peter stepped from the garage, and seeing her, started in her direction.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She thrust the packet into a side pocket and started to the garage with the coat.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • When she closed the garage doors she was particular about the locks.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for garage


/ˈɡærɑːʒ; -rɪdʒ/
a building or part of a building used to house a motor vehicle
a commercial establishment in which motor vehicles are repaired, serviced, bought, and sold, and which usually also sells motor fuels
  1. a rough-and-ready style of rock music
  2. a type of disco music based on soul
(transitive) to put into, keep in, or take to a garage
Word Origin
C20: from French, from garer to dock (a ship), from Old French: to protect, from Old High German warōn; see beware
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for garage

1902, from French garage "shelter for a vehicle," originally "a place for storing something," from verb garer "to shelter," from Middle French garer "to shelter, dock ships," from Frankish *waron "to guard" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German waron "take care"), from Proto-Germanic *war-, from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (see warrant (n.)).

Influenced no doubt by the success of the recent Club run, and by the fact that more than 100 of its members are automobile owners, the N.Y.A.C. has decided to build a "garage," the French term for an automobile stable, at Travers Island, that will be of novel design, entirely different from any station in the country. [New York Athletic Club Journal, May 1902]
Garage sale first attested 1966.


1906, from garage (n.). Related: Garaged; garaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for garage



A kind of house music (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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