[ guh-roht, -rot ]
/ gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt /

noun, verb (used with object), ga·rot·ed, ga·rot·ing.

Related forms

ga·rot·er, noun

Definition for garote (2 of 2)


or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte

[ guh-roht, -rot ]
/ gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt /


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.

verb (used with object), gar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing.

to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.

Origin of garrote

1615–25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?

Related forms

gar·rot·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garote

  • I, who belong to one of the oldest and most powerful families in Spain, die by the garote!

    The Rebel Chief|Gustave Aimard
  • Very shortly, a horse was heard galloping outside, and Garote put his head in at the door.

    The Trapper's Daughter|Gustave Aimard
  • Hence the bandits, who recognised in Garote one of themselves, did not at all distrust him.

    The Trapper's Daughter|Gustave Aimard
  • Garote fetched a jar of mezcal, which he placed before his terrible accomplice.

    The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard