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[gar-it] /ˈgær ɪt/
an attic, usually a small, wretched one.
Origin of garret1
1300-50; Middle English garite watchtower < Old French garite, guerite watchtower, derivative of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison
Related forms
garreted, adjective


[gar-it] /ˈgær ɪt/
noun, verb (used with object), Masonry.
First recorded in 1835-45; of uncertain origin


or galet, garret

[gal-it] /ˈgæl ɪt/ Masonry.
spall (def 1).
verb (used with object)
to fill (a mortar joint) with gallets.
1705-15; < French galet pebble, Old French galet, jalet, derivative of Old North French gal pebble (said to be < Celtic, but MIr gall “pillar stone, standing stone” is only point of comparison) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for garret
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  • I awoke this morning to see the bright sunshine flooding my garret.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Many's the time I long to be back in the garret—horrid place!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Of course it must be the same thing that made him take to the garret and hide there!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "All her old playthings are up in the garret," he said, as they rose from the table.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • It doesn't light anything, and if it did, this is a garret, not a church.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for garret


another word for attic (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French garite watchtower, from garir to protect, of Germanic origin; see wary
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Word Origin and History for garret

c.1300, "turret, small tower on the roof of a house or castle," from Old French garite "watchtower, place of refuge," from garir "defend, preserve," from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic warjan "forbid," Old High German warjan "to defend"), from Proto-Germanic *warjanan, from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "room on uppermost floor of a house" is from early 14c. See attic. As the typical wretched abode of a poor poet, by mid-18c.

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