- 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
Related Words for garrisonedguarded, protected, walled, strengthened, secured, barricaded, capture, keep, conquer, hold, invade, overrun, post, base, establish, assign, install, preserve, contend, secure
Examples from the Web for garrisoned
Historical Examples of garrisoned
She has garrisoned a castle, and hurled defiance at the ruler of the land.Love-at-Arms
The position is fortified, and garrisoned with a company of the Permanent force.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Two block-houses, garrisoned by British regulars, guarded the town.The Naval History of the United States
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The centre one is about three miles off from shore, and is garrisoned by 1200 men.The Stranger in France
In the morning, Ithamar had entered with his division and garrisoned the city.Alroy
- 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 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.