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garrison

noun gar·ri·son \ ˈger-ə-sən , ˈga-rə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of garrison

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

Examples of garrison in a Sentence

  1. a garrison of 5,000 men

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Origin and Etymology of garrison

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 1garnish) + the same suffix seen in garisun.


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garrison

verb

Definition of garrison

garrisoned; garrisoning play \ˈger-ə-s(ə-)niŋ, ˈga-rə-\
transitive verb
1 :to station troops in
2 a :to assign as a garrison
b :to occupy with troops

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Origin and Etymology of garrison

derivative of 1garrison


Garrison

biographical name Gar·ri·son \ ˈger-ə-sən , ˈga-rə-sən \

Definition of Garrison

William Lloyd 1805–1879 American abolitionist

GARRISON Defined for English Language Learners

garrison

noun

Definition of garrison for English Language Learners

  • : a military camp, fort, or base

  • : a group of soldiers who are living at a garrison


garrison

verb

Definition of garrison for English Language Learners

  • : to send soldiers to (a place) in order to defend it

  • : to send (soldiers) to live in and defend a place


GARRISON Defined for Kids

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garrison

noun gar·ri·son \ ˈger-ə-sən \

Definition of garrison for Students

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

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garrison

verb

Definition of garrison for Students

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


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