What does garrison mean?

Definitions for garrison
ˈgær ə səngar·ri·son

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word garrison.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. garrison, fortnoun

    a fortified military post where troops are stationed

  2. Garrison, William Lloyd Garrisonnoun

    United States abolitionist who published an anti-slavery journal (1805-1879)

  3. garrisonverb

    the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place

  4. garrisonverb

    station (troops) in a fort or garrison


  1. garrisonnoun

    A permanent military post.

  2. garrisonnoun

    The troops stationed at such a post.

  3. garrisonverb

    To assign troops to a military post

  4. garrisonverb

    To convert into a military fort

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GARRISONnoun

    Etymology: garnison, French.

    How oft he said to me,
    Thou art no soldier fit for Cupid’s garrison. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Whom the old Roman wall so ill confin’d,
    With a new chain of garrisons you bind. Edmund Waller.

    Some of them that are laid in garrison will do no great hurt to the enemies. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

  2. To Garrisonverb

    To secure by fortresses.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Others those forces join,
    Which garrison the conquests near the Rhine. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. garrison

    A garrison is a group of soldiers stationed in a specific location for protective purposes, typically a fortress or town. It can also refer to the place where such troops are stationed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Garrisonnoun

    a body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town

  2. Garrisonnoun

    a fortified place, in which troops are quartered for its security

  3. Garrisonverb

    to place troops in, as a fortification, for its defense; to furnish with soldiers; as, to garrison a fort or town

  4. Garrisonverb

    to secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops; as, to garrison a conquered territory

  5. Etymology: [OE. garnisoun, F. garnison garrison, in OF. & OE. also, provision, munitions, from garnir to garnish. See Garnish.]


  1. Garrison

    Garrison is the collective term for a body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it, but now often simply using it as a home base. The garrison is usually in a city, town, fort, castle or similar. "Garrison town" is a common expression for any town that has a military base nearby.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Garrison

    gar′i-sn, n. a supply of soldiers for guarding a fortress: a fortified place.—v.t. to furnish a fortress with troops: to defend by fortresses manned with troops.—Garrison town, a town in which a garrison is stationed. [O. Fr. garisongarir, guerir, to furnish—Teut., Old High Ger. warjan, to defend.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. garrison

    A military force guarding a town or fortress; a term for the place itself; also for the state of guard there maintained.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. garrison

    A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town to defend it against an enemy, or to keep its inhabitants in subjection. A strong place, in which troops are quartered for its security. In garrison, in the condition of a garrison; doing duty in a fort or as one of a garrison. Garrison town, is a strong place, in which troops are quartered and do duty for the security thereof, keeping strong guards at each post, and a main-guard in or near the market-place. As a verb it means to place troops in, as in a fortress, for its defense; to furnish with soldiers; as, to garrison a fort or town. To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops; as, to garrison a conquered territory.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Garrison is ranked #677 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Garrison surname appeared 50,686 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 17 would have the surname Garrison.

    83% or 42,115 total occurrences were White.
    11% or 5,586 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 1,257 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 1,059 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 421 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 253 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of garrison in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of garrison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of garrison in a Sentence

  1. Michael Kofman:

    The big question is why are units from the Central Military District 3,000 miles from their garrison hanging around for the winter ? it is difficult to find an innocuous explanation for the military activity that's been taking place.

  2. Rick Henriques:

    Rob Garrison was a great person and ambassador to' The Karate Kid' legacy, rob Garrison performance in Season 2 of' Cobra Kai,' being Rob Garrison last, was simply amazing and Rob Garrison stole the episode. Rob Garrison will be missed by me and everyone Rob Garrison encountered.

  3. Garrison Keillor:

    It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them Garrison Keillor, but I ’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this. And I can not in conscience bring danger to a great organization I’ve worked hard for since 1969, a person could not hope for more than what I was given.

  4. Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed:

    We have a military garrison in Garissa, and the work began immediately after the attack was reported and continued for a number of hours until we were able to rescue 663 students of the 800 students that had been taken hostage by these terrorists. So the response was adequate, we did everything that we could do.

  5. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby:

    Mr. Garrison is leading the extremist working group on a number of efforts to try to help us come to grips with learning how, what the scope and scale of the problem of extremist activity in the ranks really is and helping us divine some potential solutions, going forward.

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