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The Word of the Day comes from THE SILENT COMPANIONS by Laura Purcell.


A garret is a habitable attic, a living space at the top of a house or larger residential building, often small, dismal, and cramped, with sloping ceilings. In the days before elevators this was the least prestigious position in a building.

NOUN garrets (plural noun) a top-floor or attic room, especially a small dismal one. "the solitary genius starving in a cold garret"

synonyms: attic · loft · roof space · cock loft · mansard · loft conversion · attic room · sky parlour

ORIGIN Middle English (in the sense ‘watchtower’): from Old Frenchgarite, from garir (see garrison).

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