[guh-rahzh, -rahj or, esp. British, gar-ij, -ahzh]


a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles.
a commercial establishment for repairing and servicing motor vehicles.

verb (used with object), ga·raged, ga·rag·ing.

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 formsga·rage·a·ble, adjectiveun·ga·raged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for garage

shop, barn, storage, carport

Examples from the Web for garage

Contemporary Examples of garage

Historical Examples of garage

  • Then it drove away, for K. must take it to the garage and walk back.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Then she turned and went to the garage, leaving John to his visit with Eileen.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Peter stepped from the garage, and seeing her, started in her direction.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She thrust the packet into a side pocket and started to the garage with the coat.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • When she closed the garage doors she was particular about the locks.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for garage



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


(tr) to put into, keep in, or take to a garage

Word Origin for garage

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.

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