garrote

or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte

[ guh-roht, -rot ]
/ gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt /

noun

a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.

verb (used with object), gar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing.

to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.

Nearby words

  1. garrison house,
  2. garrison state,
  3. garrison, william lloyd,
  4. garron,
  5. garrot,
  6. garrotte,
  7. garrulity,
  8. garrulous,
  9. garrulously,
  10. garrya

Origin of garrote

1615–25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?

Related formsgar·rot·er, noun

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