Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A military post, especially one that is permanently established.
  • n. The troops stationed at a military post.
  • transitive v. To assign (troops) to a military post.
  • transitive v. To supply (a post) with troops.
  • transitive v. To occupy as or convert into a military post.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A permanent military post.
  • n. The troops stationed at such a post.
  • n. Occupants.
  • v. To assign troops to a military post.
  • v. To convert into a military fort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town.
  • n. A fortified place, in which troops are quartered for its security.
  • transitive v. To place troops in, as a fortification, for its defense; to furnish with soldiers.
  • transitive v. To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town to defend or guard it, or to keep the inhabitants in subjection.
  • n. A fort, castle, or fortified town furnished with troops to defend it.
  • To place troops in, as a fortress, for defense; furnish with soldiers: as, to garrison a fort or town.
  • To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops: as, to garrison a conquered territory.
  • To put upon garrison duty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. station (troops) in a fort or garrison
  • n. United States abolitionist who published an anti-slavery journal (1805-1879)
  • n. the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place
  • n. a fortified military post where troops are stationed

Etymologies

Middle English garison, fortified place, from Old French, from garir, to defend, of Germanic origin; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French garison, guarison, from Frankish, ultimately of Germanic origin; compare guard, ward. (Wiktionary)

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