Garrison

[gar-uh-suh n]
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British Dictionary definitions for william lloyd garrison

garrison

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

garrison

n.

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."

garrison

v.

1560s, from garrison (n.). Related: Garrisoned; garrisoning.

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