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[gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/

noun, plural garçons
[gar-sawn] /garˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA). French.
(usually in direct address) a waiter in a restaurant.
a boy or a young unmarried man.
a male employee or servant.
/ˈɡɑsɒn; French ɡarsɔ̃/
a waiter or male servant, esp if French

“boy,” c.1300, from Old French garçun (11c.; Modern French garçon) “menial, servant-boy, page; man of base condition,” originally objective case of gars, perhaps from Frankish *wrakjo (cf. Old High German recko, Old Saxon wrekkio “a banished person, exile;” English wretch). Meaning “waiter” (especially one in a French restaurant) is from 1788.


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