[ gar-uh-suh n ]
/ ˈgær ə sən /


a body of troops stationed in a fortified place.
the place where such troops are stationed.
any military post, especially a permanent one.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. garret window,
  2. garrett,
  3. garrick,
  4. garrick, david,
  5. garrigue,
  6. garrison cap,
  7. garrison finish,
  8. garrison house,
  9. garrison state,
  10. garrison, william lloyd

Origin of garrison

1250–1300; Middle English garisoun protection, stronghold < Old French garison, gareison defense, provision, derivative of garir, guerir to defend < Germanic; compare Old High German warjan

Related formso·ver·gar·ri·son, verb (used with object)re·gar·ri·son, verb (used with object)un·gar·ri·soned, adjective


[ gar-uh-suh n ]
/ ˈgær ə sən /


William Lloyd,1805–79, U.S. leader in the abolition movement. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garrison


/ (ˈɡærɪsən) /


the troops who maintain and guard a base or fortified place
  1. the place itself
  2. (as modifier)a garrison town


(tr) to station (troops) in (a fort)

Word Origin for garrison

C13: from Old French garison, from garir to defend, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse verja to defend, Old English, Old High German werian

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Word Origin and History for garrison
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