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[gar-it] /ˈgær ɪt/
an attic, usually a small, wretched one.
Origin of garret1
1300-50; Middle English garite watchtower < Old French garite, guerite watchtower, derivative of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison
Related forms
garreted, adjective


[gar-it] /ˈgær ɪt/
noun, verb (used with object), Masonry.
1835-45; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for garret
  • Above the third story there was a garret where the linen was hung to dry, and a couple of attics.
  • The image of the penniless artist starving in his garret makes for great opera but poor commercial logic.
  • And he also showed that you did not need to starve in a garret to hone your literary skills.
  • But she is maddeningly cheerful at the idea of having to live in a garret.
  • Above the warehouse was an empty garret apartment, occupying three floors.
  • The unrecognized genius who dies alone in a garret is largely a myth.
  • Friends and family despair as a once promising life is wasted on dead-end jobs and long nights by the candle in a drafty garret.
British Dictionary definitions for garret


another word for attic (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French garite watchtower, from garir to protect, of Germanic origin; see wary
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Word Origin and History for garret

c.1300, "turret, small tower on the roof of a house or castle," from Old French garite "watchtower, place of refuge," from garir "defend, preserve," from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic warjan "forbid," Old High German warjan "to defend"), from Proto-Germanic *warjanan, from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "room on uppermost floor of a house" is from early 14c. See attic. As the typical wretched abode of a poor poet, by mid-18c.

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