garden

noun
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

garden

verb
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

garden

adjective

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

Noun

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 Azra closed the gate, and heard her mother break away from her loops in the garden to step into the driveway and bolt the gate from inside. New York Times, "RACHeL KushNer," 8 July 2020 Sophie, 55, joined fellow members of the group in the garden of the pub, which reopened over the weekend. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Heads Out to the Pub for a Date with Local Women's Group," 8 July 2020 In April, after the shutdown had made going to the grocery store a risky proposition, Jon Lechich plunked down nearly $1,000 for a three-tier, indoor smart garden. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic gardening moves indoors with a smart garden in the kitchen," 3 July 2020 Buried in the garden, police found 2 kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow, and thousands of rounds of ammunition — much of it believed to have been stolen from the military. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’," 3 July 2020 Add a cup of bleach to a five-gallon bucket, put it onto the lawn, add your garden hose, and adjust the stream it to a trickle. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips for Catching Giant Bluegills This Summer," 2 July 2020 Mint is usually a popular herb for the new herb garden. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 There’s also land set aside for a community garden, hiking trails and an amenity center for residents. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New community north of Dallas will bring more than 1,000 homes," 23 June 2020 Not only is this graceful, the wall creates a space behind it for a private Zen garden. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Architect, sculptor designed $1.9M Bloomfield Hills home for his family," 6 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Want to garden to help ease your grocery burden amid the pandemic but don't have a yard? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Staying Apart, Together: A sore throat made me grateful for my health in the time of COVID," 30 June 2020 Don’t consider leftovers from the kitchen or vegetable garden an important part of their diet. oregonlive, "How to keep chickens healthy and eggs plentiful," 22 June 2020 Based in Monroe County, Four Star has more than 100 employees and earns $18 million in sales a year, selling young plants and finished crops across the U.S. to garden retailers, landscapers, retail growers, and wholesale growers, the complaint said. Niraj Warikoo, USA TODAY, "Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation," 6 July 2020 Based in Monroe County, Four Star has more than 100 employees and earns $18 million in sales a year, selling young plants and finished crops across the U.S. to garden retailers, landscapers, retail growers, and wholesale growers, the complaint said. Niraj Warikoo, USA TODAY, "Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation," 6 July 2020 Based in Monroe County, Four Star has more than 100 employees and earns $18 million in sales a year, selling young plants and finished crops across the U.S. to garden retailers, landscapers, retail growers, and wholesale growers, the complaint said. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse allege: We were cheated and tricked into deportation," 5 July 2020 The sharpening business was surprisingly robust during the shutdown, Sato said, with extra busy pizzerias and food carts requiring his services and other clients requesting sharpening for everything from hair-cutting scissors to garden shears. oregonlive, "Grand restaurant (re)opening: What was it like eating out on Portland first night in Phase 1?," 20 June 2020 Does Dad love to garden or is grad ready to plant the seeds for an abundant future? Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome," 20 June 2020 The search focused on the 2.2-mile Old Germantown Road loop -- not far from the home where DeDe Spicher, one of Terri Moulton Horman’s friends -- was gardening the day Kyron went missing. oregonlive, "Kyron Horman, missing 10 years: A timeline," 4 June 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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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, kansascity.com, "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

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1558, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garden

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of garden entry 1

Adjective

Middle English gardyn, attributive use of gardyn garden entry 1

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Time Traveler for garden

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The first known use of garden was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Garden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garden. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for garden

garden

noun
How to pronounce garden (audio)

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

garden

verb

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

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

garden

noun
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

garden

verb
gardened; gardening

Kids Definition of garden (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or work in a garden

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