Definition of garret in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡerət/


A top-floor or attic room, especially a small dismal one (traditionally inhabited by an artist).
Example sentences
  • A cold garret room in the Latin Quarter of Paris is home to four struggling young artists: Rodolfo, a poet; Marcello, a painter; Colline, a philosopher and Schaunard, a musician.
  • Sung in English, it tells the story of a group of artists living in a cold garret room in the Latin Quarter of Paris.
  • I imagine my façade as an old Victorian, right on the waterfront and overlooking the twilight with many, many rooms and a little garret in which I sit overlooking everything.
loft, attic, mansard


Middle English (in the sense 'watchtower'): from Old French garite, from garir (see garrison).

  • ‘Watchtower’ was the first meaning recorded for garret. It comes from Old French garite, which (like ME garrison) is from garir ‘to defend, provide’. The word's use for a room on the top floor of a house arose early in its history, in the late 15th century.

Words that rhyme with garret

carat, carrot, claret, karat, parrot

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Syllabification: gar·ret

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