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

Verb

gardener \ ˈgär-​də-​nər How to pronounce gardener (audio) , 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

Noun

We planted a small garden in our backyard. They were sitting out in the back garden.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While her daughters were still at home, Mary Alice was an active homemaker, proud of her home and gardens. courant.com, "Mary Alice Standard," 11 June 2019 There never seemed to be enough time or energy to plant flowers in the front yard or get started with the back-of-the-garage vegetable garden. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019 Nevada’s system will be voluntary, but the state will try to recruit businesses within the marijuana industry to participate, as well as other businesses that deal with the industry, such as landlords, payroll firms, and garden supply companies. Michelle L. Price, BostonGlobe.com, "Nevada to try limited banking for cash-heavy pot industry," 10 June 2019 Common complaints about deer include damage to plants and gardens. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard," 10 June 2019 You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden. Howard Fendrich, SFChronicle.com, "Rafael Nadal dominates Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 As the crowd divided into two teams, on the grounds of James Fenimore Cooper’s garden in Cooperstown, New York, this gave Lexington a sly advantage. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 That pile might include garden hoes, shoes, bowling balls and pieces of plywood, based on other news reports. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How recycling works in Anchorage: Most of it ends up in the Lower 48," 7 June 2019 Harvest spans 1,200 acres and features community gardens designed to bring residents together. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Pecan trees now outnumber people in this Denton County community that'll soon hold 3,000 homes," 7 June 2019

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By contrast, bloviating pols, hack journalists and garden-variety academics never stop writing books about Churchill. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Please, Santa: Not Another Tome About Churchill," 20 Dec. 2018 The fifth in line for the throne smiles in his mother Kate Middleton's arms in the photos, sporting white and baby blue in the Clarence House gardens with the rest of his family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looked Exactly Like Prince Louis as a Baby," 14 Nov. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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 *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

Verb

derivative of garden entry 1

Adjective

Middle English gardyn, attributive use of gardyn garden entry 1

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garden

noun

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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