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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attic, cockloft, loft

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Examples of garret in a Sentence

bought a charming Victorian house with a garret that she hoped to turn into a writing room

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People often say that my apartment reminds them of an artist's garret in Paris. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Leslie Klotz on Her Parisian-Inspired Apartment in Manhattan," 8 Dec. 2014 Perhaps most important in examining a creative life and career like this one is seeing how art is made in communities, rather than by isolated artists in garrets (or studios on 10th Street in Greenwich Village). Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "The (Often Complicated) Lives of Artists," 12 Jan. 2018 There is hardly any furniture in the young bohemians’ Paris garret, making the space resemble an empty stage. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "‘La Bohème’: Should Opera’s Most Beloved Classic Be Changed?," 27 Oct. 2017 Nadar had become friendly with Baudelaire and his fellow poet Gérard de Nerval during his days as a garret-hopping bohemian. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "The Great Nadar," 7 July 2017 Lone wolves hurling thunderbolts from their garrets gave way to affable co-critics doing online chats, TimesTalks, and video clips, writing personal essays and exploring their own biases. Boris Kachka, Daily Intelligencer, "What the Departure of the Times’ Michiko Kakutani Means for Books Coverage," 15 Aug. 2017 Set artists Charles Gliha and Hubert Wisniewski created believable evocations of the garret shared by Rodolfo and Marcello, the brilliant street and cafe scene of Act Two, and the grim and wintry Barriere de l'Enfer of Act Three. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "The Cleveland Opera mounts felicitous, understated 'La Boheme' (review)," 13 June 2017 But first, some background: Aged 29, ink-stained and impecunious, Stevenson rented a garret at the top of a boarding house in San Francisco from December 1879 to April 1880. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Robert Louis Stevenson’s “lost novel” is a fantastic voyage," 31 Mar. 2017

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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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