General English


  • noun a part of the trading floor on the New York Stock Exchange
  • verb to put assets into another company so as to reduce tax liability

Cars & Driving

Media Studies

  • noun a style of electronic dance music inspired by disco and house music and associated with the urban styles of hip-hop, rap and R&B

Real Estate

  • noun a building for parking or storing one or more motor vehicles


  • noun a place where cars can be serviced and repaired, and where petrol can be bought
  • noun a building where one or several cars can be parked

Origin & History of “garage”

As the motor-car age got under way at the start of the 20th century, a gap opened up in the lexicon for a word for ‘car-storage place’. English filled it in 1902 by borrowing French garage. The first references to it show that the term (station was an early alternative) was originally applied to large commercially run shelters housing many vehicles – the equivalent more of modern multi-storey car parks than of garages (the Daily Mail, e.g., on 11 January 1902, reports the ‘new “garage” founded by Mr Harrington Moore, hon. secretary of the Automobile club … The “garage”, which is situated at the city end of queen Victoria-street, has accommodation for 80 cars’, and Alfred Harmsworth, in Motors 1902, wrote of ‘stations or “garages” where a number of cars can be kept’). It was not long, however, before individual houses got more personalized garages, and the application to an establishment where vehicle repairs are carried out and fuel sold soon followed. The French word garage itself is a derivative of the verb garer, which originally meant ‘dock ships’. It comes from Old French garer ‘protect, defend’, a loanword from Old high German warōn (to which English ward, warn, and the -ware of beware are related).