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garçon

[gar-sawn]
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noun, plural gar·çons [gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/. French.
  1. (usually in direct address) a waiter in a restaurant.
  2. a boy or a young unmarried man.
  3. a male employee or servant.
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Examples from the Web for garcon

Historical Examples

  • There was no one about, but under an electric bell was written Garcon.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • There, when the garcon had left them, they sat near the windows hand in hand.

  • They should both, garcon and cashier, be discharged on the spot.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • And he had answered her: "I think I feel that too, garcon Carterette."

  • With these pious feelings I let down the glass, and called out to the garcon for a glass of brandy and a cigar.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)


British Dictionary definitions for garcon

garçon

noun
  1. a waiter or male servant, esp if French

Word Origin

C19: from Old French gars lad, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garcon

n.

"boy," c.1300, from Old French garçun (11c.; Modern French garçon) "menial, servant-boy, page; man of base condition," originally objective case of gars, perhaps from Frankish *wrakjo (cf. Old High German recko, Old Saxon wrekkio "a banished person, exile;" English wretch). Meaning "waiter" (especially one in a French restaurant) is from 1788.

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