gar·​ret | \ ˈger-ət How to pronounce garret (audio) , ˈga-rət \

Definition of garret

: a room or unfinished part of a house just under the roof

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bought a charming Victorian house with a garret that she hoped to turn into a writing room
Recent Examples on the Web But by 1974, as concrete grew unpopular and a national recession took hold, Mr. McKinnell and Mr. Kallmann found themselves out of work, waiting for the phone to ring in a garret office on Tremont Street overlooking Boston Common. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Michael McKinnell, 84, Dies; Architect of a Monumental City Hall," 4 Apr. 2020 But inside his little garret near the Louvre, Lequeu in 1789 was turning to a wilder and more whimsical sort of architecture. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Beyond Architecture, a Builder of Lusty Fantasies," 6 Feb. 2020 One can easily imagine exiting the snug garret, its annex fronted by fleurs-de-lis done in stained glass, and, far below, stepping into a bistro on Rue d’Argout. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 The artists’ garret in Act One gave us a skylight looking out over the rooftops of Paris that transitioned beautifully from late afternoon to night, with a benevolent full moon looking down on the blossoming love of Rodolfo and Mimi., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Rodolfo's sidekick and garret-mate, the painter Marcello, was sung with grace and gravity by baritone Young-Kwang Yoo, whose beautiful, solemn voice could not fully hide a sparkle of wit and humor., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 In 1879, lightning struck as Wells looked out the window of the garret of the new courthouse., "Indicted sheriff from Pickens County headed to Brazil on mission trip," 20 June 2019 The poets are dragged out of their garrets to provide more floral polish: the tender bud of youth flowers, withers, ultimately falls away. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 Her own office, a cozy garret with a view of the Empire State Building, will have to do for now. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Lindsey Weidhorn Is the Woman Behind All Your Favorite HGTV Shows," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of garret

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garret

Middle English garite "watchtower, turret, room under a roof," borrowed from Anglo-French & continental Old French, alteration by suffix substitution (after fuite "flight," from fuir "to flee") of garrette "shelter for a sentry," from garir "to support, protect" + -ette, deverbal and diminutive suffix — more at garrison entry 1, -ette

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“Garret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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gar·​ret | \ ˈger-ət How to pronounce garret (audio) \

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