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[gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/
noun, plural garçons
[gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA).
(usually in direct address) a waiter in a restaurant.
a boy or a young unmarried man.
a male employee or servant. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for garcon
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  • There, when the garcon had left them, they sat near the windows hand in hand.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • There was no one about, but under an electric bell was written garcon.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • And he had answered her: "I think I feel that too, garcon Carterette."

  • They should both, garcon and cashier, be discharged on the spot.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Turn about is fair play, garcon Cart'rette: so when you're in trouble come to me.

  • With these pious feelings I let down the glass, and called out to the garcon for a glass of brandy and a cigar.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • C'est la fortune de la guerre, mon garcon; but calm yourself, and take this potion which Blanche has prepared for you.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Our garcon had never heard of the prisoner; but he knew about the gendarmes who now occupy the castle.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Come and go when thou wilt, Clive, my garcon, my son: thy cover is laid.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They stopped in front of the hotel, and Valmond, motioning to the garcon, gave him an order.

British Dictionary definitions for garcon


/ˈɡɑsɒn; French ɡarsɔ̃/
a waiter or male servant, esp if French
Word Origin
C19: from Old French gars lad, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garcon

"boy," c.1300, from Old French garçun (11c.; Modern French garçon) "menial, servant-boy, page; man of base condition," originally objective case of gars, perhaps from Frankish *wrakjo (cf. Old High German recko, Old Saxon wrekkio "a banished person, exile;" English wretch). Meaning "waiter" (especially one in a French restaurant) is from 1788.

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