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Middle English, from Old French garite ("watchtower"). Compare guerite, of same origin.



garret (plural garrets)

  1. An attic or semi-finished room just beneath the roof of a house.
    • 1660, Samuel Pepys Diary, January 1.
      This morning (we living lately in the garret,) I rose, put on my suit with great skirts, having not lately worn any other clothes but them.
    • 1866, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (translated by Constance Garnett), Crime and Punishment[1], Part I, Chapter I:
      On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.
    • 1895, George MacDonald, Lilith:
      I was in the main garret, with huge beams and rafters over my head, great spaces around me, a door here and there in sight, and long vistas whose gloom was thinned by a few lurking cobwebbed windows and small dusky skylights.

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