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 garden (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 garden (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 Eastman reading garden for some live music on Saturday afternoon, during the Music at Main event. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The Buddhist ceremony took place in a section of the garden underneath a rotunda of evergreens. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Think of them as the quiet workhorses of the garden—filling in the nooks and crannies, replacing a thirsty lawn, or spreading across a shady patch. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 4 May 2022 Federal authorities bulldozed the U.S.-side of the binational garden in 2020, claiming criminal smugglers were exploiting the cover provided by the plants. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 The final version of the essay omitted the mention of the garden but left the connection between Schieffelin and Shakespeare. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Residents organized a petition, but paving over of the garden continued. Amir-hussein Radjy, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 The south side of the garden could accommodate more boxes if the project gets a lot of interest. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2022 Much has been made of working-class Americans who feel cast out of the garden. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Dad loves to garden, spend some time outside tending to his masterpiece alongside him. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 4 May 2022 Seed saving is a cost-effective way to garden and preserve genetic diversity. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The new owner will also have the space to garden and enjoy outdoor entertaining on the 2-acre lot. Stephanie Wenger,, 8 Apr. 2022 Kevin Espiritu has been teaching the world how to garden for more than 10 years. Sunset Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 Hickman will discuss how to identify and photograph native bees, their relationships to native plants and how to garden for native bees. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Learn how to garden to help the amphibian populations as well as the local turtles in your yard and beyond., 30 Dec. 2021 The church also uses land in the rear, where folks can garden. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 A few years ago, Clarke opened a one-acre pick-your-own blueberries garden with four varieties of the fruit on the vine. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 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,, 8 Feb. 2018 Garden categories include vegetables, fruit, flowers and miscellaneous items such as gourds, pumpkins and sunflowers. Courant Community, 29 Aug. 2017 Garden spaces are available from early May to November. Julie Washington,, 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, 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, 19 June 2017 Garden program Learn about the Gable rhododendrons with garden expert Don Hyatt. Washington Post, 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,, 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, 28 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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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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