garret

1 [gar-it]
noun
an attic, usually a small, wretched one.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English garite watchtower < Old French garite, guerite watchtower, derivative of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison

garreted, adjective
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garret

2 [gar-it]
noun, verb (used with object) Masonry.

Origin:
1835–45; of uncertain origin

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garret (ˈɡærɪt)
 
n
another word for attic
 
[C14: from Old French garite watchtower, from garir to protect, of Germanic origin; see wary]

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garret
c.1300, "turret," from O.Fr. garite "watchtower, place of refuge," from garir "defend, preserve," from a Gmc. source (cf. Goth. warjan "forbid," O.H.G. warjan "to defend"), from P.Gmc. *warjanan, from PIE base *wer- "to cover" (see warrant). Meaning "room on uppermost floor
of a house" is from late 15c. See attic.
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Example sentences
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.
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