gar·​çon | \ gär-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce garçon (audio) \
plural garçons\ gär-​ˈsōⁿ(z) How to pronounce garçons (audio) \

Definition of garçon

: 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

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Examples of garçon in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of garçon

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garçon

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

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The first known use of garçon was in 1788

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“Garçon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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