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[guh-rot, -roht] /gəˈrɒt, -ˈroʊt/
noun, verb (used with object), garrotted, garrotting.
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garrotter, noun


or garote, garotte, garrotte

[guh-roht, -rot] /gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt/
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.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
verb (used with object), garroted, garroting.
to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
1615-25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?
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garroter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for garrotte
Historical Examples
  • Should they succeed, it will be the garrotte on the throat of English liberty.

  • Better it had not missed us,” said I, after a pause; “we are only spared for the garrotte.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • I should call out to you though they had the garrotte at my neck.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • Was this or was it not your last chance to escape the garrotte?'

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • garrotte, Garotte, gar-rot′, n. a Spanish mode of strangling criminals.

  • My last request was to see the garrotte; but it was refused me.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • I got one hand on his throat in the most approved style of the garrotte and just pressed.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
  • Dey garrotte de cap'en and crew, an' Charles go to turn de schooner.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • I should go, even though I felt as sure as you do that the outcome will be the garrotte or a blank wall and a firing squad.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for garrotte


a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
(obsolete) strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
verb (transitive)
to execute by means of the garrotte
to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
Derived Forms
garrotter, garroter, garotter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for garrotte



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]


"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
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