August 25, 2013
- garrison (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a military post; especially : a permanent military installation2 : the troops stationed at a garrison
- How do you use it?
- The troops came back to the garrison and reported in to their commander.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Garrison" came into English from the medieval French word "garir." What do you think "garir" means?It may seem odd that a word for a military installation derives from a verb meaning "to heal," but it's true: "garir," the root of "garrison," means "to heal." The medieval French verb also meant "to protect," since medicines that heal you also protect you from disease, and it was probably this sense that gave rise to the medieval English word "garisoun," meaning "protection." "Protection" led to the meaning "stronghold," which was soon applied to a military post. "Garrison" first entered English in the 15th century.