gar·​rote | \ gə-ˈrät How to pronounce garrote (audio) , -ˈrōt; ˈger-ət, ˈga-rət How to pronounce garrote (audio) \
variants: or garotte

Definition of garrote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a method of execution by strangulation
b : the apparatus used
2 : an implement (such as a wire with a handle at each end) for strangulation


variants: or garotte
garroted or garotted; garroting or garotting

Definition of garrote (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strangle with or as if with a garrote

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Other Words from garrote


garroter noun

Synonyms for garrote

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of garrote in a Sentence

Verb the goons sent by the loan shark threatened to garrote the hero with his own necktie
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Later that morning, JonBenét’s body, beaten and strangled with a garrote around her neck and duct tape covering her mouth, was found in the basement of the family’s Tudor brick home. Robyn Merrett,, "Ariana Grande Apologizes for Insensitive JonBenét Ramsey Joke: 'This Was Out of Pocket'," 29 July 2019 In Sun’s bedroom, authorities found a military-style ballistic vest, a crossbow with scope and light, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a military ski mask, an ammunition clip loader, and a strangulation apparatus called a garrote. Erin Mccarthy,, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 That garrote was similar to one found wrapped around Erin's neck. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 2018 State patrol records say the inmate was found unresponsive with a garrote around his neck, and the death is being treated as a homicide. Fox News, "Authorities say prison inmate found strangled in cell," 26 Apr. 2018 An organizer of the event pointed out the spot where Salvador Puig Antich, the last of many who opposed the regime to be executed here, was killed with the use of a garrote in 1974. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Valtonyc Speaks Out Against Spain's Censorship Laws at Barcelona's No Callarem Conference," 13 Apr. 2018 Farley thinks the sinew tied around Lindow Man’s neck could as easily be a necklace as a garrote. Christian Als, Smithsonian, "Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets," 29 May 2017 Laura and Colin Rideout were convicted of strangling the victim with a homemade garrote, disfiguring his face with acid and dumping the body in a field, with Alexander Rideout participating in the cover-up. USA TODAY, "Wife, 2 sons get max sentences in father, husband's murder," 13 Oct. 2017 Members of the group would often cut off their victims’ breasts with knives and wire garrotes, usually when the women were still alive, the Tribune reports. Kc Baker,, "Victim’s Family Vows to Fight Parole for Member of Murderous Chicago Group the ‘Ripper Crew’," 7 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tony, unhindered by any sense of moral anguish, garrotes the man in broad daylight with a length of cable. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Sometimes the line between good writing and bad writing can be as thin as the piano wire with which a madman garrotes his victims. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "True Crime Gets Pretty," 15 Aug. 2017 Last year, he was garroted by saw briars—the vicious inch-long thorns that lace the course—which left bleeding gashes across his neck. George Pendle, Esquire, "The Masochist's Marathon," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of garrote


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garrote


Spanish garrote

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The first known use of garrote was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Garrote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of garrote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device (such as a piece of wire with a handle at each end) that is used to strangle someone



English Language Learners Definition of garrote (Entry 2 of 2)

: to strangle (someone) with a garrote

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