- a boy, youth, or young man
- a waiter or servant
Origin of garçonFr, old accusative of gars, boy: see gasket
Origin of garconFrench from Old French garçun servant accusative of gars boy, soldier probably of Germanic origin
- A waiter (especially at a French restaurant).
From the French garçon (1788), from Old French garçun (“servant”), oblique case of gars, from Frankish *wrakjō (“servant, boy”), from Proto-Germanic *wrakjô (“exile, driven one”), from Proto-Indo-European *wreg- (“to drive”). Cognate with Old High German wrecheo, recko (“exile, warrior, hero”) (Modern German Recke), Old Saxon wrekkio (“a banished person, exile, stranger”), Old English wrecca (“a wretch, stranger, exile”), and perhaps to Old Norse rekkr (“man, warrior, hero”). More at wretch, wreak.