[ gar-sawn ]
/ garˈsɔ̃ /

noun, plural gar·çons [gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/. French.

(usually in direct address) a waiter in a restaurant.
a boy or a young unmarried man.
a male employee or servant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garcon


/ (ˈɡɑsɒn, French ɡarsɔ̃) /


a waiter or male servant, esp if French

Word Origin for garçon

C19: from Old French gars lad, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garcon



"boy," c.1300, from Old French garçun (11c.; Modern French garçon) "menial, servant-boy, page; man of base condition," originally objective case of gars, perhaps from Frankish *wrakjo (cf. Old High German recko, Old Saxon wrekkio "a banished person, exile;" English wretch). Meaning "waiter" (especially one in a French restaurant) is from 1788.

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