Definition of garrotte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈrɒt/
(also garotte; US garrote)


[with object]
Kill (someone) by strangulation, especially with a length of wire or cord: he had been garrotted with piano wire
More example sentences
  • A witness has told a trial how the steward at a motocross track allowed riders to carry on after an 11-year-old boy was garrotted as the result of a crash.
  • If I had made these statements a year ago, a royalist mob would have probably garrotted me with bunting.
  • In that same month, he, accused of kidnapping and garroting a small child in France, faced the death penalty in a media-saturated trial.


A wire, cord, or other implement used for garrotting.
Example sentences
  • They also had a Tommy gun - and he had a garrotte or ‘cheese cutter’, a more silent way of killing.
  • He admits that she is equally adept at manipulating him to her cause as she is in the art of archery or the garrotte.
  • But there was no blood as a practical matter because the garrote was already tightened around her neck, stopping the flow of blood from her heart to her brain when she was struck on the head.


Early 17th century: via French from Spanish garrote 'a cudgel, a garrotte', perhaps of Celtic origin.

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