garrison

noun
gar·​ri·​son | \ ˈger-ə-sən How to pronounce garrison (audio) , ˈga-rə- \

Definition of garrison

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a military post especially : a permanent military installation
2 : the troops stationed at a garrison

garrison

verb
garrisoned; garrisoning\ ˈger-​ə-​s(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce garrison (audio) , ˈga-​rə-​ \

Definition of garrison (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to station troops in
2a : to assign as a garrison
b : to occupy with troops

Examples of garrison in a Sentence

Noun a garrison of 5,000 men
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also, Russia’s top prosecutor asked the country’s Supreme Court to designate Ukraine’s Azov Regiment — among the troops that made up the Azovstal garrison — as a terrorist organization. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 Also, Russia’s top prosecutor asked the country’s Supreme Court to designate Ukraine’s Azov Regiment — among the troops that made up the Azovstal garrison — as a terrorist organization. Oleksandr Stashevskyi, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 While Russia called it a surrender, the Ukrainians avoided that word and instead said the plant’s garrison had successfully completed its mission to tie down Russian forces and was under new orders. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2022 While Russia called it a surrender, the Ukrainians avoided that word and instead said the plant's garrison had successfully completed its mission to tie down Russian forces and was under new orders. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 18 May 2022 In a demonstration at the unit's garrison, Nemeth opened a case containing two dozen vials of mock explosive materials like C-4, TNT, ammonium nitrate and others, which Logan is trained to detect. Justin Spike, ajc, 14 May 2022 The Ukrainian soldiers involved in the Snake Island incident were initially presumed to have died after refusing to surrender to the Moskva, but Russian forces later said the Ukrainian guards did step down from the garrison. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Prior to the Russian invasion beginning on the night of Feb. 23, a small Ukrainian garrison defended the island. David Axe, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The Ukrainian government in Kyiv has denied any hostile actions directed at Transnistria, where a Russian garrison is stationed. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chinese troops have been garrisoned in Hong Kong since its handover to Chinese rule in 1997, but the PLA has historically kept a very low profile. James Griffiths, CNN, 26 May 2020 Within four years, with Roosevelt now in the White House, American troops arrived to garrison the Isthmus of Panama, where the United States, employing considerable chicanery, was setting out to build a canal. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 The attacks have also spilled into Niger, a vast desert nation that Western powers have been garrisoning into one of the world’s most strategic security hubs. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2020 One way to make sure real estate changes hands in just one direction would be by garrisoning friendly territory with mobile anti-ship missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2020 According to the Telegraph’s Mike Wright, the fort likely served as a satellite of Isca Dumnoniorum, a military fortification garrisoned by 5,500 legionaries tasked with pacifying the fiercely resisting local populations in the region. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 27 Sep. 2019 The Syrian troops garrisoned there were well-equipped and dug in. The Economist, 6 June 2019 A few days later, past midnight, a dozen outgunned American ships, including Juneau, intercepted a Japanese armada approaching the island to bombard its critical airfield and the beleaguered U.S. Marines garrisoned there. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 25 May 2018 Brennan’s version of Moscow is Vershinin (a charismatic Chiké Johnson), commander of the troops garrisoned in town and quixotic seeker – in a play filled with them, each one given texture by Brown’s excellent ensemble – for the meaning of existence. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of garrison

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garrison

Noun

Middle English garisoun "wealth, gift, tribute, protection, fortified place, body of soldiers," borrowed from Anglo-French garisun "protection, cure, income, supplies," from garir "to support, protect, cure" (going back to Old Low Franconian *warjan "to defend, prevent," going back to Germanic *warjan-) + -isun, deverbal noun suffix, going back to Latin -ītiōn-, -ītiō, from -ī-, verb stem formative + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at weir

Note: The Middle English sense "fortified place, body of soldiers" reflects confusion with Middle English garnisoun and Anglo-French garnisun "fortified place, body of armed men stationed in such a place," from Anglo-French garnir "to give notice, equip, arm, fortify" (see garnish entry 1) + the same suffix seen in garisun.

Verb

derivative of garrison entry 1

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“Garrison.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garrison. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for garrison

garrison

noun
gar·​ri·​son | \ ˈger-ə-sən How to pronounce garrison (audio) \

Kids Definition of garrison

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a military camp, fort, or base
2 : the soldiers stationed at a garrison

garrison

verb
garrisoned; garrisoning

Kids Definition of garrison (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to station troops in The fort was only temporarily garrisoned.
2 : to send (troops) to live in and defend It became necessary to garrison troops in the town.

Garrison biographical name

Gar·​ri·​son | \ ˈger-ə-sən How to pronounce Garrison (audio) , ˈga-rə-sən \

Definition of Garrison

William Lloyd 1805–1879 American abolitionist

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