follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

garotte

[guh-rot, -roht] /gəˈrɒt, -ˈroʊt/
noun, verb (used with object), garotted, garotting.
1.
Related forms
garotter, noun

garrote

[guh-roht, -rot] /gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
3.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
4.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
verb (used with object), garroted, garroting.
5.
to execute by the garrote.
6.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?
Related forms
garroter, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for garotte

garotte

/ɡəˈrɒt/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of garrotte
Derived Forms
garotter, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for garotte

garrote

n.

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]

v.

"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for garotte

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for garotte

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for garotte