gar·​den·​er | \ ˈgär-də-nər How to pronounce gardener (audio) , ˈgärd-nər \
plural gardeners

Definition of gardener

: a person who gardens:
a : one employed to care for the gardens or grounds of a home, business concern, or other property a professional gardener …he wants to stay on the island and become a nursery gardener, like his grandfather …— Edith Oliver
b : one who spends time cultivating plants and tending a garden for pleasure or recreation Both she and her husband are avid gardeners. The natural reaction of an average gardener to most insect and weed problems is to reach for the toxic stuff.— Amy Stewart

First Known Use of gardener

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Gardener.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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gar·​den·​er | \ ˈgär-də-nər, ˈgärd-nər \

Kids Definition of gardener

: a person who works in a garden especially for pay

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