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From Spanish garrote


  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈɹɒt/, /ɡəˈɹoʊt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒt


garrote (plural garrotes)

  1. an iron collar formerly used in Spain to execute people by strangulation
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      The Spanish had responded to the insurgency with characteristic brutality. They gave rebels the "usual four shots in the back" or the garrote - an iron collar tightened around the victim's neck with a screw until he was strangled to death.
  2. something, especially a cord or wire, used for strangulation
    The mob boss was known for having his enemies executed with a garrote of piano wire.



garrote (third-person singular simple present garrotes, present participle garrotting, simple past and past participle garrotted)

  1. (transitive) to execute by strangulation
  2. (transitive) to kill using a garrote

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Galician carro; note the garrote going through the end of the axletree


14th century. From Old French garrot, itself either from Old Occitan garra (leg) and the suffix -ot, from Gaulish *garrā (leg), or from a Germanic source.[1]



garrote m (plural garrotes)

  1. garrot used to limit the movement of an animal
  2. bolt or garrot which affixes each wheel to the axletree of a traditional Galician cart
    Synonyms: gorrón, torno
  3. (archaic) press
    • 1357, Enrique Cal Pardo (ed.), "De Viveiro en la Edad Media", Estudios Mindonienses', 7, page 139:
      afforo [...] a meatade de toda essa minna binna, con o herdamento que ias a par dela [...] con a meatade do lagar et garrote que y esta assy commo esta acaroada de muro
      I rent to you [...] half of my vineyard, with the possessions that are adjacent to it [...] with half of the winepress that is there, as it is delimited by a wall


  • garrote” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • garrote” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • garrote” in Santamarina, Antón (dir.), Ernesto González Seoane, María Álvarez de la Granja: Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega (v 4.0). Santiago: ILG.
  • garrote” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.
  1. ^ Coromines, Joan; Pascual, José A. (1991–1997). Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico. Madrid: Gredos, s.v. garrote.



garrote f

  1. plural of garrota



From French garrot.


  • IPA(key): /ɡaˈrote/, [ɡaˈrot̪e]


garrote m (plural garrotes)

  1. garrote
  2. club

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