- a body of troops stationed in a fortified place.
- the place where such troops are stationed.
- any military post, especially a permanent one.
- to provide (a fort, town, etc.) with a garrison.
- to occupy (a fort, post, station, etc.) with troops.
- to put (troops) on duty in a fort, post, station, etc.
Origin of garrison
- William Lloyd,1805–79, U.S. leader in the abolition movement.
Examples from the Web for garrison
On another, Garrison said he handed a doctor a bottle of wine in a canister packed with $100 bills.
On one occasion, Garrison said Williams had him hand one out-of-state doctor an envelope stuffed with $20,000 in cash.
Garrison now lives on a farm in Hico, Texas, and has never given an interview about Black Hawk Down.Black Hawk Down’s Long Shadow
October 9, 2013
The other is an 80-acre estate in Garrison, New York, which is about halfway between Shokan and Soho.Sean Eldridge, Husband of Facebook Mogul Chris Hughes, Running For Congress
September 23, 2013
Out of the 18,500-strong party that left Kabul, only one man, Dr. Brydon, made it back to the British garrison in Jalalabad.‘A War for No Wise Purpose’: Afghanistan Defeats the West Again
April 17, 2013
In this situation we concluded to maintain our garrison, if possible.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
The Malakand garrison was being overwhelmed by thousands of tribesmen.
Thus the garrison of the fort received a needed reinforcement.
The garrison of the fort aided the tower guard by their fire.
In the centre of the island is an eminence, which was occupied by the garrison, and had some artillery.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- the troops who maintain and guard a base or fortified place
- the place itself
- (as modifier)a garrison town
- (tr) to station (troops) in (a fort)
Word Origin and History for garrison
c.1300, "store, treasure," from Old French garison "defense" (Modern French guérison "cure, recovery, healing") from garir "defend" (see garret). Meaning "fortified stronghold" is from early 15c.; that of "body of troops in a fortress" is from mid-15c., a sense taken over from Middle English garnison "body of armed men" (late 14c.), from Old French garnison "provision, munitions," from garnir "to furnish, provide."
1560s, from garrison (n.). Related: Garrisoned; garrisoning.