or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte
- a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
- the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
- strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
- an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
- to execute by the garrote.
- to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
Examples from the Web for garrote
Then, on the morning after Christmas in 1996, John found JonBenet crumpled in the wine cellar with a garrote sunk round her neck.John Ramsey's Lingering Suspicions
October 13, 2008
There she lay, the Fleming staring at her, with the garrote in his hand.A Supplementary Chapter to the Bible in Spain
He was apparently as familiar with the garrote as the knife.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
He cleared his throat as though to disembarrass it of a garrote.Greener Than You Think
They would all be glad to see him seated in the chair of the “garrote.”The White Chief
If the rascal does recover, what a beautiful subject for the garrote he will make.The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2)
Word Origin and History for garrote
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.