From Middle English garett, garite, from Old French garite, guerite (“watchtower”), from garir, guarir (“to defend, protect”) (compare English garrison), ultimately of Germanic origin (see English garage). Doublet of guerite.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡæɹɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡæɹɪt/, /ˈɡɛɹɪt/
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garret (plural garrets)
- An attic or semi-finished room just beneath the roof of a house.
- 1660 January 11 (date written; Gregorian calendar), Samuel Pepys, Mynors Bright, transcriber, “January 1st, 1659–1660 (Lord’s Day)”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to X), London: George Bell & Sons […]; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1893–1899, →OCLC:
- 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.
- 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.
- 2011 February 22, Daniel J. Wakin, “Free Trove of Music Scores on Web Hits Sensitive Copyright Note”, in New York Times:
- While a boon to garret-living, financially struggling young musicians, the library has caught the attention of music publishers.
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