garret

1
[gar-it]

noun

an attic, usually a small, wretched one.

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  1. garonne,
  2. garote,
  3. garotte,
  4. garoupa,
  5. garpike,
  6. garret window,
  7. garrett,
  8. garrick,
  9. garrick, david,
  10. garrigue

Origin of garret

1
1300–50; Middle English garite watchtower < Old French garite, guerite watchtower, derivative of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison

Related formsgar·ret·ed, adjective

garret

2
[gar-it]

noun, verb (used with object) Masonry.

Origin of garret

2
First recorded in 1835–45; of uncertain origin

gallet

or gal·et, gar·ret

[gal-it]Masonry.

noun

verb (used with object)

to fill (a mortar joint) with gallets.

Origin of gallet

1705–15; < French galet pebble, Old French galet, jalet, derivative of Old North French gal pebble (said to be < Celtic, but MIr gall “pillar stone, standing stone” is only point of comparison)

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British Dictionary definitions for garret

garret

noun

another word for attic (def. 1)

Word Origin for garret

C14: from Old French garite watchtower, from garir to protect, of Germanic origin; see wary

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Word Origin and History for garret

garret

n.

c.1300, "turret, small tower on the roof of a house or castle," from Old French garite "watchtower, place of refuge," from garir "defend, preserve," from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic warjan "forbid," Old High German warjan "to defend"), from Proto-Germanic *warjanan, from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "room on uppermost floor of a house" is from early 14c. See attic. As the typical wretched abode of a poor poet, by mid-18c.

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