[ 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.

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 forms

o·ver·gar·ri·son, verb (used with object)re·gar·ri·son, verb (used with object)un·gar·ri·soned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garrisoned


/ (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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