Definition of garrison noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡærɪsn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡærɪsn//
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[countable + singular or plural verb] a group of soldiers living in a town or fort to defend it; the buildings these soldiers live in a garrison of 5 000 troops garrison duty a garrison town Half the garrison is/are on duty. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘safety, means of protection’): from Old French garison, from garir ‘defend, provide’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Recognizing the importance of the area, they built a garrison and fortified the town. The Romans maintained a garrison of 5 000 soldiers in the city. The regiment was assigned to garrison duty in the north of the country.
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