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garret1

[gar-it]
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noun
  1. an attic, usually a small, wretched one.
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Origin of garret1

1300–50; Middle English garite watchtower < Old French garite, guerite watchtower, derivative of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison
Related formsgar·ret·ed, adjective

garret2

[gar-it]
noun, verb (used with object) Masonry.
  1. gallet.
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Origin of garret2

First recorded in 1835–45; of uncertain origin

gallet

or gal·et, gar·ret

[gal-it]Masonry.
noun
  1. spall(def 1).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill (a mortar joint) with gallets.
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Origin of gallet

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)
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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

garret

noun
  1. another word for attic (def. 1)
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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

n.

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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