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

There’s the standard garden variety line of six wheelchairs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Business management expert and author Tom Peters on Recode Decode," 7 July 2018 That’s enough capacity for a one- or two-horse trailer, small- to medium-size boat or camper, or a utility trailer pulling a motorcycle or garden equipment. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota Sienna gets some upgrades for 2018, including new front end," 7 July 2018 But more importantly is what the bees offer Beano’s garden. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 Amber Heard took in the show from the garden room, accompanied by her mother Paige Parsons, who was literally speechless absorbing the atmosphere of her first couture show. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valentino's Magical Couture Week Closer Leaves Tracee Ellis Ross in Tears," 5 July 2018 The two experimental broadband satellites—dubbed TinTin A and B—launched in February, and SpaceX aims to start with 800 satellites as early as 2020 or 2021. Don’t go dreaming of frolicking through SpaceX’s new rocket garden just yet. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 Asian tiger mosquitoes breed most commonly in plastic garden containers, buckets, cans and flower vases. Scott Dance,, "Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.," 5 July 2018 The house, which overlooks the Aegean Sea, is surrounded by terraced gardens and groves of olive, lemon, and fig trees. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 Maybe try this instead: As late as possible on July 4, wet down your yard and garden areas with a sprinkler. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Are Bottle Rockets a Serious Fire Danger?," 29 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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