A boy, youth, or young man.
A waiter or servant.
Other Word Forms
Origin of garcon
- French from Old French garçun servant accusative of gars boy, soldier probably of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.