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

In the last two years alone, the Gaineses have overhauled their backyard garden, made over their master bedroom, converted an office into a nursery for their baby boy, and updated their kids' bedrooms. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Whether She and Chip Would Ever Sell Their Farmhouse," 25 Nov. 2018 All the waste product that comes out of my operation is composted and then used as fertilizer in my vegetable garden. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Turkey prices are lowest in a decade, but not for the kinds Washington farmers raise. Those are soaring.," 22 Nov. 2018 Chives At the end of growing season, dig up a clump of chives from your garden and replant it in a pot. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round," 21 Nov. 2018 The festivities made global headlines, with every detail of the festivities that took place over the course of several days at the Villa del Balbianello, the stunning 18th century villa known for its lush gardens, discussed and dissected. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bollywood’s Biggest Couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Tie the Knot in Lake Como," 15 Nov. 2018 The Magnolia design guru spent the sweetest quality time with her youngest daughter Emmie Kay in their garden on Sunday morning, despite being sleep-deprived from long nights up with baby Crew. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Gives The Best Advice To Mothers Experiencing Mom Guilt," 5 Nov. 2018 Local architect Francesca Manca has renovated her family home, Antica Casa Manca, in the town of Masainas, with its large garden and original tile floors. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 In this case, the goal is to brew beer at your monastery, using the ingredients of your monastic garden. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "A quick look at the nominees for 2018’s “Board Game of the Year”," 21 July 2018 Elsewhere, though, some surprisingly lyrical sculpture celebrates Ashurbanipal the victor, relaxing on an ornamental couch while a queen sits near him in a seductive garden paradise. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Today, there are staff offices as well as a commissary and showers for the property’s gardening staff. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 My father, who had died 13 years earlier, taught me how to garden. Sandra A. Miller,, "The neighbor who helped us put down roots in a garden," 13 July 2018 Use it as a backdrop for a kitchen or dining room, but balance the hue with subdued woodgrains, leather accents, and even gardening planters with a modern aesthetic. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Sherwin-Williams Reveals Its 2019 Color of the Year—And It's Gorgeous," 12 Sep. 2018 Lots of ideas can be gathered from this 39-year old foodscaping advocate who grew up in Monroe, Mich., earned her degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University, and now lives and gardens in North Carolina. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You know how to landscape. You can grow food. But can you foodscape?," 14 June 2018 Gab bans explicit advocacy of violence, but garden-variety hate speech is allowed on the platform. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Gab forced offline over apparent tie to Pittsburgh synagogue shooter," 29 Oct. 2018 Last year, the first lady wore a pair of high heels to the Hurricane Harvey flood zone, and was pictured sporting a $1,380 Balmain shirt while gardening a few weeks later. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore a White Pith Helmet While Visiting Kenya," 6 Oct. 2018 The one at Le Bristol is a beauty, framed by colonnades and speckled with white parasols and garden tables. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Most Romantic Hotel in Paris," 6 Feb. 2018 In her spare time, Lois enjoyed quilting, making crafts, gardening around her home, and spending time with her family. Hartford Courant,, "Lois Messenger Buckland," 24 May 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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