gar·​den | \ ˈgär-dᵊn How to pronounce garden (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gardening (audio) , 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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gardenful \ ˈgär-​dᵊn-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce gardenful (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for garden

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of garden in a Sentence

Noun We planted a small garden in our backyard. They were sitting out in the back garden.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our favorite flowering trees never fail to brighten up our gardens. Southern Living, "Jacaranda Blooms Are Warm-Weather Signs of Spring," 27 May 2020 By the 1890s, in the suburbs of both London and Paris, it was estimated that three quarters of householders were actively engaged in tending to their gardens. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life Presents: Nature may be the antidote to our modern way of life," 27 May 2020 While most Bay Area gardeners can grow these crops, the traditional eastern method is generally not well adapted to our regional gardens. Pam Peirce,, "Bay Area gardeners can look ahead to corn, squash and beans," 23 May 2020 Kegel’s Inn in West Allis opened its beer garden to the public at 11 a.m. Friday. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It feels great to be back:' Here's what the scene looked like as many restaurants and public places open in Milwaukee County," 22 May 2020 Tom Moore, has been awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after raising nearly $40 million for Britain's National Health Service by walking laps of his garden. NBC News, "Hero fundraiser Capt. Tom knighted — but no word yet on official ceremony," 21 May 2020 Once your garden is planted and your bee home is set up, all that's left to do is wait for your new neighbors to arrive. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Help Bees Thrive in Your Backyard with This Free DIY Bee Home Design Tool," 21 May 2020 Many of the lupine that have come up again in my wildflower garden this year have curled leaves. oregonlive, "Forgotten compost bin likely high in nutrients: Ask an expert," 20 May 2020 Add these plants to your garden Lifestyle Want to help bees and butterflies? Los Angeles Times, "Panicked over ‘murder hornets,’ people are killing native bees we desperately need," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wilding liked to garden and read, two activities cruelly taken from her about four years ago, when she was started to suffer strokes that led to vascular dementia. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "'I can't even hug them': A family's frustrating goodbye to a matriarch killed by COVID-19," 22 Apr. 2020 Others are gardening, repairing the fence, or detailing their cars. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Crawfish, barbecue and phorrito: 3 family-style takeout platters that will get you through the weekend," 17 Apr. 2020 Protestors in this state specifically cited issues with closing down home goods and gardening supply stores, and protested with Nazi signs and Confederate flags. Erin Corbett,, "Why Trump Is Calling To “Liberate” States Protesting Stay-At-Home Orders," 17 Apr. 2020 He's been gardening since 1975 and his advice for home composters is not to jump straight into the biggest commitment. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Want to start composting this Earth Day? Here are 5 tips from metro Phoenix gardeners," 15 Apr. 2020 Those of us who garden in the parts of the Bay Area where summers are cooler have more serious tomato concerns: How to grow the damn things! Pam Peirce,, "Grow a crop of shelter-in-place tomatoes right now," 14 Apr. 2020 Singer spends roughly 10 hours a week traveling to her public tiny doors in an SUV filled with paint, gardening soil and sculpting tools to fix any defacements. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "This Tiny Doors art project is making a big impact in and outside of Atlanta," 6 Oct. 2019 Granett rode her bike, ate little meat, composted food and garden waste. Alex Davies, Wired, "To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track," 1 Apr. 2020 The rectangular straw bales bring gardening up to a more manageable height for people with disabilities. oregonlive, "What you need to know about straw bale gardening in Oregon," 9 Mar. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'garden.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 *garđa-, whence Old Saxon gard "garden, dwelling, world," 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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The first known use of garden was in the 13th century

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30 May 2020

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“Garden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of garden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : an area of ground where plants (such as flowers or vegetables) are grown
: a public area with many plants and trees
US : 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 How to pronounce garden (audio) \

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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