or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte
- 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.
- to execute by the garrote.
- to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
Examples from the Web for garrotte
Better it had not missed us,” said I, after a pause; “we are only spared for the garrotte.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
Was this or was it not your last chance to escape the garrotte?'The Dictator
Should they succeed, it will be the garrotte on the throat of English liberty.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
I should call out to you though they had the garrotte at my neck.A Volunteer with Pike
Robert Ames Bennet
My last request was to see the garrotte; but it was refused me.To Cuba and Back
Richard Henry Dana
garrote or garotte
- a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
- the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
- obsolete strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
- to execute by means of the garrotte
- to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
Word Origin and History for garrotte
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.