gar·den | \ˈgär-dᵊn \

Definition of garden 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated

b : a rich well-cultivated region

c : a container (such as a window box) planted with usually a variety of small plants

2a : a public recreation area or park usually ornamented with plants and trees a botanical garden

b : an open-air eating or drinking place

c : a large hall for public entertainment


gardened; gardening\ˈgär-də-niŋ, ˈgärd-niŋ \

Definition of garden (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to lay out or work in a garden

transitive verb

1 : to make into a garden

2 : to ornament with gardens



Definition of garden (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, used in, or frequenting a garden a garden gate a garden hose garden pests

2 : of a kind typically grown in gardens garden phlox also : suitable for growth in an outdoor garden especially due to hardiness garden chrysanthemums

3 : commonly found : garden-variety

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Other Words from garden


gardenful \ˈgär-dᵊn-ˌfu̇l \ noun


gardener \ˈgär-də-nər, ˈgärd-nər \ noun

Synonyms for garden

Synonyms: Noun

amphitheater, arena, auditorium, hall, theater (or theatre)

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Examples of garden in a Sentence


We planted a small garden in our backyard. They were sitting out in the back garden.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The development of the sensory garden, which will contain plants that appeal to the senses of touch, smell and sight, as well as the the smaller game courts will be completed in November, officials said. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 The female’s body that was found Tuesday partially concealed in the brush of a community garden has been identified as that of Salcito, 33, according to Delray Beach police. Doug Phillips,, "Woman whose body was found in community garden wanted to be a model and actress," 5 July 2018 Or visit The Gardens at Elm Bank, 36 acres of gardens in Wellesley owned and operated by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Hattie Bernstein,, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 San Diego took the precautionary move on Tuesday of prohibiting growing of marijuana in the dozens of urban gardens expected to soon sprout up across the city under a new property tax incentive approved in January. David Garrick,, "San Diego bans marijuana from new urban gardens," 19 June 2018 The Russian defector brushed him away and walked back to the centre of the garden, swaying slightly. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Members of the fire brigade from Ladbroke Road Station, who helped fight the Grenfell fire, attended the opening of a memorial garden this week to mark the first anniversary of the disaster. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "A Year After Deadly Grenfell Blaze, One Fireman Is Still Plagued by Doubt," 16 June 2018 Maps of the tour of private gardens will be available at the gazebos at Swaim Park at the corner of Zig Zag and Cooper roads and at Pioneer Park at 10505 Deerfield Road. Nancy Daly,, "Green Township warns about energy scammers," 8 June 2018 Microsoft is turning its acquisitions into onramps to its broader ecosystem of services, a sort of unwalled garden. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Is Buying GitHub: What Does That Mean?," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Students come out to garden one class at a time and are immersed in a 30-45-minute gardening sessions as a part of their science lesson. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball woman teaches kids what their gardens need to grow," 12 Jan. 2018 With Jornet, there have been occasional whispers of foul play but nothing concrete, just garden-variety trolling and speculation that could reasonably be chalked up to professional jealousy. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Actually, this is true for gardening anywhere, but here especially because our growing season is short. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Birch buds are finally open. It’s time to harden off your plants.," 10 May 2018 Fortunately, there are community and neighborhood gardens all throughout the city. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Spring things: Our favorite Chicago activities when weather warms up," 20 Apr. 2018 Doris Mixon Smith, 73, was gardening in her front yard last year when Bully attacked. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Wrong information at Animal Care Services website corrected," 3 Feb. 2018 For a tall crape myrtle with red flowers gardening expert Jerry Parsons lists Red Rocket as a good performer with a high resistance to powdery mildew. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 July 2018 Blame it on founder Julie Carlson, who now has the original site and sister sites Gardenista and The Organized Home to her credit, in addition to design and garden books. Cindy Dampier,, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018 The butterfly garden out back was built by Rosalynn. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wilma was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, and a member of many social, civic and garden groups. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 2/8," 8 Feb. 2018 Garden categories include vegetables, fruit, flowers and miscellaneous items such as gourds, pumpkins and sunflowers. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 29 Aug. 2017 Garden spaces are available from early May to November. Julie Washington,, "Rustic and barn wedding sites in Northeast Ohio (photos)," 21 June 2017 Garden club member and garden walk chairperson Marci Stritch said the club has held annual garden walks for about 21 years. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Garden walks aplenty come to the Southland in summer," 21 June 2017 Garden Conservancy Day GLASTONBURY — On Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be four gardens open for viewing in Glastonbury. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 19 June 2017 Garden program Learn about the Gable rhododendrons with garden expert Don Hyatt. Washington Post, "Fairfax County community calendar, May 11-18, 2017," 10 May 2017 Garden staples like spinach and some lettuce, for example, will stop growing the tasty leaves and shoot up a seed spire when the weather gets too hot. Roxie Hammill,, "Adapting gardens to Kansas City’s changing climate," 29 Apr. 2017 Garden experts say to create a tent structure to drape a cover, or use a frost blanket, which is specially made for the job. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Winter storm moves into Denver, Front Range," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of garden


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1558, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garden


Middle English gardyn, borrowed from Anglo-French gardyn, gardeyn, jardin, from Old French jart, (Picard and French Flanders) gart "garden" (going back to Old Low Franconian *garda- "enclosure, fence" going back to Germanic *garda-, whence Old Saxon gard "field, ground, house," Old High German gart "enclosure," Old English geard "fence, enclosure") + -in, probably adjective suffix (going back to Latin -īnus -ine entry 1), originally in Gallo-Romance *hortus gardīnus "enclosed garden" — more at yard entry 1


derivative of garden entry 1


Middle English gardyn, attributive use of gardyn garden entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of garden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of ground where plants (such as flowers or vegetables) are grown

: a public area with many plants and trees

: a large stadium or building for sports or entertainment



English Language Learners Definition of garden (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work in a garden : to take care of the plants in a garden


gar·den | \ˈgär-dᵊn \

Kids Definition of garden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of ground in which fruits, flowers, or vegetables are grown

2 : a public area for the showing of plants a botanical garden


gardened; gardening

Kids Definition of garden (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or work in a garden

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