noun \gə-ˈrät, -ˈrōt; ˈger-ət, ˈga-rət\

: a device (such as a piece of wire with a handle at each end) that is used to strangle someone

Full Definition of GARROTE

a :  a method of execution by strangulation
b :  the apparatus used
:  an implement (as a wire with a handle at each end) for strangulation

Variants of GARROTE

gar·rote or ga·rotte \gə-ˈrät, -ˈrōt; ˈger-ət, ˈga-rət\

Origin of GARROTE

Spanish garrote
First Known Use: 1622

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier



: to strangle (someone) with a garrote

gar·rot·ed or ga·rott·edgar·rot·ing or ga·rott·ing

Full Definition of GARROTE

transitive verb
:  to strangle with or as if with a garrote
gar·rot·er noun

Variants of GARROTE

garrote or garotte

Examples of GARROTE

  1. <the goons sent by the loan shark threatened to garrote the hero with his own necktie>

First Known Use of GARROTE


Related to GARROTE

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


Next Word in the Dictionary: garrulity
Previous Word in the Dictionary: garrot
All Words Near: garrote

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up garrote? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).