gar·​ret ˈger-ət How to pronounce garret (audio)
: a room or unfinished part of a house just under the roof

Examples of garret in a Sentence

bought a charming Victorian house with a garret that she hoped to turn into a writing room
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the second-wittiest joke of Coup de Chance is Alain seducing Fanny in his struggling-artist garret. Armond White, National Review, 5 Apr. 2024 For centuries thereafter, the uppermost floors remained least desirable (think servants’ quarters and Parisian garrets) until the invention of the commercial passenger elevator in the 1850s. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 At that time, the garret had little headspace and no bathroom. Curbed, 17 Jan. 2024 In bed, under the sloping roof of our Paris garret, C said that we should get married. Leslie Jamison, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 For all those years her room was part of the architecture and geography of my being: a small attic with a garret window, poorly lit, hot in the summer. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Inside is an 1,100-square-foot home whose sloping eaves somehow give an apartment — in spitting distance of Murray Hill — the feel of a cozy attic garret. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 5 Jan. 2023 With new windows and skylights, new insulation and upgraded electrical and HVAC systems, the once dark and uninspired garret became a sunny penthouse. Maile Pingel, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 This was no garret. New York Times, 21 May 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garret was in the 14th century

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“Garret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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gar·​ret ˈgar-ət How to pronounce garret (audio)
: a room or unfinished part of a house just under the roof

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