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 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



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 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 And the deck outside the kitchen on the ground floor overlooks a stone patio and paths to mature trees, native plants and garden areas. oregonlive, "Modest Mouse Isaac Brock’s Portland house since ‘Float On’ debuted is for sale at $1.3 million," 22 Jan. 2020 Sears Hometown is a collection of smaller stores selling tools, appliances, and lawn and garden equipment. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Woes Hit Hometown Stores," 20 Jan. 2020 Ventura is popular in the local music community and among tourists, benefiting from its location next to VFW Post 76, whose busy beer garden is a River Walk destination. Jacob Beltran,, "Shooting left grieving families and shocked a downtown San Antonio neighborhood," 20 Jan. 2020 And their onion-y smell helps fend off rabbits, deer and other animals looking for a tasty garden meal. Minda Daughtry, The Conversation, "Why do onions make you cry?," 16 Jan. 2020 Since Kamado Ramen is housed in one of seven 750-square-foot stalls at Stovehouse - the west Huntsville food garden located at a former stove factory, address 3414 Governors Drive S.W. - a line out the door doesn’t necessarily freeze time forever. Matt Wake |, al, "Want a bowl of exotic comfort food? Try this local ramen spot," 16 Jan. 2020 They're listed as endangered in the wild but, the Maidenhair tree, as the ginkgo also known, is found in many parks and gardens across the world. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Some trees can live for more than 1,000 years and scientists may have figured out why," 14 Jan. 2020 The last glimpse Peace: A waterside garden flashes bright autumn foliage through an open pagoda frame in Kyoto. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 14 Jan. 2020 Spring is a beautiful time to visit Portland Japanese Garden, one of the most authentic such gardens outside of Japan. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Spring break spots that are blissfully free of spring breakers, from Barbados to Portland," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a cozy log house on a quiet street surrounded by forest about 38 miles north of Stockholm, Ismahni Björkman, 45, teaches her children to garden and compost. NBC News, "Sweden's environmental education is building a generation of Greta Thunbergs," 9 Jan. 2020 For the one who likes to garden: New Jersey tomatoes to cultivate New Jersey grows the greatest tomatoes in the country. USA TODAY, "11 gifts for people who love New Jersey," 15 Nov. 2019 My neighbor regularly goes around gardening in her yard wearing yoga pants with huge tears in the inner thighs and an even bigger hole in the crotch. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: Suspicions about boyfriend were true. Can trust be rebuilt?," 14 Aug. 2019 She previously had gardened while living in Johannesburg and Nairobi. Bob Goldsborough,, "Patricia Schiltz, longtime volunteer and organizer in DuPage suburb, dies at 78," 15 Nov. 2019 The club is open to anyone who loves to garden – or wants to learn. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls Garden Club is busy year round: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 Dec. 2019 Among the best gifts for gardeners are gardening books. Calvin Finch,, "10 great Christmas gifts for gardeners this holiday season," 5 Dec. 2019 Keep moving every day My top tip: Think about activities of daily living – walking, gardening, playing with your children outside. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Want to live to be 100? Take a page from these"Blue Zone" residents' playbook," 19 Nov. 2019 Nye was introduced to the world of plants as a young girl gardening with her grandmother, who grew tomatoes and green beans behind her garage and had peach and pear trees. Marie Fazio,, "Shedd Aquarium horticulturalist-beekeeper to retire after 25 years, leaving legacy of sustainability," 6 Sep. 2019 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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The first known use of garden was in the 13th century

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25 Jan 2020

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“Garden.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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