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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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  • At the back of the garage a row of petrol-tins stood against the brick wall.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • When the guys at the garage lifted the hood they started runnin'.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • If the garage is attached to the house it should be lined with a fire resisting material.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • There were a couple of living-rooms over the coach-house that was now a garage.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • At half-past ten that morning, a motor-car turned out from the garage at Clenarvon Court, and made its way down the avenue.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
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
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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.


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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