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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Garret \Gar"ret\, n. [OE. garite, garette, watchtower, place of lookout, OF. garite, also meaning, a place of refuge, F. gu['e]rite a place of refuge, donjon, sentinel box, fr. OF. garir to preserve, save, defend, F. gu['e]rir to cure; of German origin; cf. OHG. werian to protect, defend, hinder, G. wehren, akin to Goth. warjan to hinder, and akin to E. weir, or perhaps to wary. See Weir, and cf. Guerite.] 1. A turret; a watchtower. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He saw men go up and down on the garrets of the gates and walls. --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a house which is on the upper floor, immediately under or within the roof; an attic. [1913 Webster] The tottering garrets which overhung the streets of Rome. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]