[guh-rahzh, -rahj or, esp. British, gar-ij, -ahzh]
verb (used with object), ga·raged, ga·rag·ing.
  1. 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

British Dictionary definitions for garaging


  1. accommodation for housing a motor vehiclethere is garaging for two cars


  1. a building or part of a building used to house a motor vehicle
  2. 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
  1. (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 garaging



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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