gar·​çon gär-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce garçon (audio)
plural garçons gär-ˈsōⁿ(z) How to pronounce garçon (audio)
: a male waiter (as in a French restaurant)
"Here, garçon, bring us two halves of malt whisky, like a good fellow …."James Joyce
A world-renowned sommelier pilots you through the wine list as a brigade of gracious garçons fills your glasses.Anya Von Bremzen

Examples of garçon in a Sentence

Garçon, bring another bottle of wine,” barked the haughty diner

Word History


borrowed from French, "boy, servant" (in sense "waiter" originally short for garçon de café, garçon de restaurant, etc.), going back to Old French garz, garçun "servant of low status, boy," going back to Old Low Franconian *wrakkjo, *wrakkjon-, going back to Germanic *wrakjan- "someone pursued, exile" — more at wretch

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garçon was in 1788

Dictionary Entries Near garçon

Cite this Entry

“Garçon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!