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 These places are punctuated with puzzles that see No Man doing such things as trading riffs with a musician, planting seeds in a garden and bearing witness to the killing of a mythological animal whose face becomes that of a constellation. Washington Post, "’Genesis Noir’: A stunning game about love, murder, joy and the Big Bang," 12 Apr. 2021 Don’t put transplants out in the garden too early or before hardening them off. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Does this rhody have a fungal disease, or winter weather damage?," 11 Apr. 2021 The Garden Walk is designed to be a leisurely two-mile stroll through Mission Hills, a neighborhood known for its variety of home and garden styles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hope blooms anew with return of Mission Hills Garden Walk," 10 Apr. 2021 Contributor Rosemary McClure reports on this year’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, which includes more than a dozen home and garden tours, as well as various special events. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: Pandemic curtain begins to rise on the performing arts," 10 Apr. 2021 Then came North American consumers and their online shopping that stressed the industry as their home, garden and office supplies filled containers floating aboard vessels from Asia to Los Angeles. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "A pandemic problem no one has solved: Marine workers stuck at sea," 10 Apr. 2021 Particularly, some of our new melamine range covered in Strawberries which is perfect for impromptu get-togethers in the garden. Felicity Carter, Forbes, "Welcome Spring With The New Barbour X Emma Bridgewater Collection," 5 Apr. 2021 There will be no Easter egg hunt but select community members will participate in traditions such as outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday and a morning prayer with the friars on Saturday in the garden. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "'We are brought to new life': Phoenix churches greet Easter with hope after pandemic year," 2 Apr. 2021 Hotels, arts, entertainment, recreation and similar sales lagged, while general merchandise, building materials, home and garden supplies all thrived. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Utah’s economy bounced back from COVID, and how much better it could get," 21 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Houses made of cement and wood panels line the single-track road that runs parallel to the river, and families garden as children play in the fields. Wudan Yan, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Undoing Field Researchers’ Oldest Assumption," 7 Apr. 2021 There are few things as satisfying as bringing home a brand new plant to brighten up your home or garden to kick off spring. Amanda Richards, Better Homes & Gardens, "Walmart Has a Hidden Online Garden Center Where You Can Buy Live Plants," 25 Mar. 2021 Our favorite Amazon deals today reflect just that, from savings on lawn tools that will get your yard and garden into tip-top shape, to a super popular personal water filter that's perfect for outdoor adventures. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 2 Mar. 2021 The natural connection continues up in the 130 guest rooms and suites, which feature coastal or garden views, luxury Bellino linens crafted from sustainable beechwood fibers and—in most—a balcony or patio with a private fire pit. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, "First Look at the New Alila Marea Beach Resort in Southern California," 16 Mar. 2021 Cousineau encourages even those not in Oregon to garden along. oregonlive, "Oregon Garden Challenge offers free seed packets," 2 Mar. 2021 And in Hugo, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities, the organization Dream of Wild Health teaches Native children how to garden; a program for teenagers is called Garden Warriors. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Seeds and beyond: Native Americans embrace ‘food sovereignty’," 22 Feb. 2021 His weakened heart left him unable to garden or do yoga. David Wahlberg, Star Tribune, "Tables turned: UW Health cardiologist gets rare transplant," 6 Feb. 2021 That knowledge is now benefiting people who garden and grow. cleveland, "Cleveland Heights woman puts her childhood time on the farm to use by answering growing questions, giving tips," 7 Feb. 2021 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 *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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15 Apr 2021

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“Garden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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