from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of execution formerly practiced in Spain, in which a tightened iron collar is used to strangle or break the neck of a condemned person.
  • n. The iron collar used for such an execution.
  • n. Strangulation, especially in order to rob.
  • n. A cord or wire used for strangling.
  • transitive v. To execute by garrote.
  • transitive v. To strangle in order to rob.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an iron collar formerly used in Spain to execute people by strangulation
  • n. something, especially a cord or wire, used for strangulation
  • v. to execute by strangulation
  • v. to kill using a garrote

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Spanish mode of execution by strangulation, with an iron collar affixed to a post and tightened by a screw until life become extinct.
  • n. The instrument by means of which the garrote{1} is inflicted.
  • n. A short length of rope or other instrument used to strangle a person.
  • transitive v. To strangle with the garrote; hence, to seize by the throat, from behind, with a view to strangle and rob.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put to death by means of the garrote.—2. To strangle so as to render insensible or helpless, generally for the purpose of robbery. See garroting.
  • To cheat in card-playing by concealing certain cards at the back of the neck: a mode of cheating practised among card-sharpers.
  • n. A mode of capital punishment practised in Spain and Portugal, formerly by simple strangulation.
  • n. The instrument by means of which this punishment is inflicted.
  • n. Strangulation by any means used in imitation of the garrote, and especially as a means of robbery. See garroting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation
  • v. strangle with an iron collar


Spanish, cudgel, instrument of torture, possibly from Old French garrot, perhaps from garoquier, to struggle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish garrote (Wiktionary)



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