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garrison

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noun gar·ri·son \ˈger-ə-sən, ˈga-rə-\

Simple Definition of garrison

  • : a military camp, fort, or base

  • : a group of soldiers who are living at a garrison

Full Definition of garrison

  1. 1 :  a military post; especially :  a permanent military installation

  2. 2 :  the troops stationed at a garrison

Examples of garrison

  1. a garrison of 5,000 men



Origin of garrison

Middle English garisoun protection, from Anglo-French garisun healing, protection, from garir to heal, protect, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werien to defend — more at weir


First Known Use: 15th century


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garrison

verb gar·ri·son

Simple Definition of garrison

  • : to send soldiers to (a place) in order to defend it

  • : to send (soldiers) to live in and defend a place

Full Definition of garrison

gar·ri·sonedgar·ri·son·ing play \-s(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to station troops in

  3. 2 a :  to assign as a garrison b :  to occupy with troops

1569

First Known Use of garrison

1569

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Garrison

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biographical name Gar·ri·son \ˈga-rə-sən\

Definition of Garrison

  1. William Lloyd 1805–1879 Am. abolitionist



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