garage[gə räz̸h′, -räj′; Brit gar′äz̸h′, -ij]
- The definition of a garage is an enclosed space for keeping or repairing cars.
- An example of a garage is the part of a home that has a large door that opens to the outside.
- An example of a garage is the place where you take your car for an oil change.
A home with three garages.
- a closed shelter for a motor vehicle or vehicles
- a business establishment where motor vehicles are stored, repaired, serviced, etc.
Origin of garageFrench ; from garer, to protect, preserve ; from Germanic as in Old High German waron, to watch over: for Indo-European base see warn
- A building or indoor space in which to park or keep a motor vehicle.
- A commercial establishment where cars are repaired, serviced, or parked.
transitive verbga·raged, ga·rag·ing, ga·rag·es
Origin of garageFrench, from garer, to shelter, from Old French garer, guerrer, of Germanic origin; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
- A building (section of a building) used to store a car or cars, tools and other miscellaneous items.
- (chiefly UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) A place where cars are serviced and repaired.
- (chiefly UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) A petrol filling station.
- (dated, 20th century, North America) An independent automobile repair shop.
- A type of guitar rock music, personified by amateur bands playing in the basement or garage.
- (UK) A type of electronic dance music related to house music, with warped and time-stretched sounds.
Historically a commercial garage would offer storage, refueling, servicing, and repair of vehicles. Since the mid-late 20th Century, storage has become uncommon at premises having the other functions. Now refueling, servicing, and repair are becoming increasingly separated from each other. Few repair garages still sell petrol; it is very uncommon for a new filling station to have a mechanic or any facilities for servicing beyond inflating tires; and a new kind of business exists to provide servicing: the oil/lube change shop.
(third-person singular simple present garages, present participle garaging, simple past and past participle garaged)
- To store in a garage.
- We garaged the convertible during the monsoon months.
Borrowing from French garage (“keeping under cover, protection, shelter”), derivative of French garer (“to keep under cover, dock, shunt, guard, keep”), from Middle French garer, garrer, guerrer; partly from Old French garir, warir (from Old Frankish *warjan); and partly from Old French varer (“to fight, defend oneself, protect”), from Old Norse varask (“to defend oneself”), reflexive of vara (“to ware, watch out, defend”); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *warjaną (“to defend, ward off”), *warōną (“to watch, protect”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to close, cover, protect, save, defend”).