tr.v., -raged, -ragÂ·ing, -ragÂ·es.
- A building or indoor space in which to park or keep a motor vehicle.
- A commercial establishment where cars are repaired, serviced, or parked.
To put or store in a garage.
[French, from garer, to shelter, from Old French garer, guerrer, of Germanic origin.]garageable gaÂ·rage'aÂ·ble adj.
WORD HISTORY It is difficult today to envision a world without garages or a language without the word garage. However, the word probably did not exist before the 19th century and certainly not before the 18th; possibly the thing itself did not exist before the end of the 19th century. Our word is a direct borrowing of French garage, which is first recorded in 1802 in the sense â€œplace where one docks.â€ The verb garer, from which garage was derived, originally meant â€œto put merchandise under shelter,â€ then â€œto moor a boat,â€ and then â€œto put a vehicle into a place for safekeeping,â€ that is, a garage, a sense first recorded in French in 1901. English almost immediately borrowed this French word, the first instance being found in 1902.