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 Apple says its walled garden and commissions help protect consumers against malicious activity that could defraud them and invade their personal privacy. Michael Liedtke, ajc, "Apple's app store chief fends off attacks in antitrust trial," 6 May 2021 The garden and home design store is offering limited-edition terrariums at the Beverly Grove location. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "Why food and houseplants are the perfect pairing this Mother’s Day," 6 May 2021 Other spaces include the Fenway Victory Gardens — the only remaining continuously operating World War II victory garden in the country — and the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden., "Normal-ish life is making its long-awaited return to Boston. Here are a dozen things to look forward to this spring," 28 Apr. 2021 What steps are on your Spring to-do list for maintaining your garden and yard? Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "For Yardwork Newbies, a Checklist of Spring Basics," 27 Apr. 2021 Butterfly Bonanza: Learn more about butterflies, bees and bats, which all get busy pollinating in spring, through up-close encounters in the Science Mill’s butterfly garden and demonstration beehive and hands-on activities. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "15 things to do in San Antonio this weekend: Raul Malo, Koe Wetzel, Pabst Blue Ribbon mural walk," 22 Apr. 2021 The inaugural one went to the Inn at Little Washington in recognition of its garden and other local produce providers. Kate Krader, Fortune, "Michelin announces list of best restaurants in Washington D.C. despite COVID closures," 22 Apr. 2021 The 5-acre nature center features a butterfly garden and a walking trail with native wildflowers, trees and wildlife. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Here’s a list of Oak Cliff parks and trails to visit this Earth Day," 21 Apr. 2021 Naturally, Villa Flora comes with a bevy of impressive features, including its own private garden and pool, walk-in closets, a wet bar, and three fireplaces. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "This Mediterranean-Style House From Netflix’s Cobra Kai Just Hit the Market for $2.65 Million," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And those who garden, prune and plow...and still watch shows about gardening. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "7 Amazing Shows to Stream If You'd Always Rather Be Gardening," 29 Mar. 2021 Samantha Greene and her young son, Maverick, started a miniature aquaponics garden that way. Sheryl Devore,, "Hydroponics a growing trend for raising food in Lake County," 15 Mar. 2021 The structures, which can be inches to feet off the ground, allow gardeners to grow healthier plants faster, are easy to maintain, and are the perfect way for people who are limited physically to continue to garden, experts say. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Raised garden beds have many advantages. Here's how to get started," 1 Apr. 2021 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 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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“Garden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 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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