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Origin of garret

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


noun, verb (used with object) Masonry.
  1. gallet.

Origin of garret

First recorded in 1835–45; of uncertain origin


or gal·et, gar·ret

verb (used with object)
  1. 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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for garret

turret, watchtower, loft, cockloft

Examples from the Web for garret

Contemporary Examples of garret

Historical Examples of garret

  • I awoke this morning to see the bright sunshine flooding my garret.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Many's the time I long to be back in the garret—horrid place!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Of course it must be the same thing that made him take to the garret and hide there!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "All her old playthings are up in the garret," he said, as they rose from the table.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • It doesn't light anything, and if it did, this is a garret, not a church.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for garret


  1. 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

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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