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

Example Sentences

bought a charming Victorian house with a garret that she hoped to turn into a writing room
Recent Examples on the Web Although his subjects are often serious, Kleber-Diggs' warm, extroverted manner defies the poet stereotype of a shy wallflower sequestered in a garret. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Lowell’s writing oozes a sense of place, from the foggy, teeming streets of Shoreditch to Lucy’s small but cozy garret to Weston’s hollow, imposing London house. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 May 2021 Since leaving prison in 2014, Mr. Beal has lived in a garret above a Midtown synagogue. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 The symbolism around lack of identity is obvious to the point of oppressiveness: clouds of smoke, hosts of theater costumes in Ella’s garret. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2021 To keep his main suspect from being arrested, Joseph has to squirrel Van Meegeren away in a garret, where the louche fugitive is happy to paint, drink whiskey and entertain his mistress (Olivia Grant). John Anderson, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 2 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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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