gar·​den | \ ˈgär-dᵊn How to pronounce garden (audio) \
plural gardens

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

— see also garden apartment, garden level


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 Both are on land owned by the Park District of Highland Park: One is the rose garden between city hall and the library; the other is the park off Park Avenue near Highland Park Hospital. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 There are upfront and maintenance costs for the garden, of course. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 24 Sep. 2022 This is often impractical, if not impossible, in the home garden. Jessica Damiano, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 As the crowd passed the First Unitarian Church of Portland, a woman picked fresh roses from the church garden and handed them to participants with a smile. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 The exuberant but refined flare of the home isn’t limited to the garden. Beck Andrew Salgado, Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 The kitchen was pushed from the center of the main floor to the back, providing direct access to the garden, in addition to mild reshufflings on other floors. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 21 Sep. 2022 Just across the garden lay the answer: a second house, built in the same unpretentious arts and crafts style and dating to the same year, 1910. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 The kitchen is on the bottom floor, where Elise, who lives in the studio below year-round, provides daily breakfast featuring fruit from the garden, homemade bread, marmalade, and cakes. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But customers who do not garden can donate those soil credits to programs working in the community on issues such as food insecurity. Nicole Haase, Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 Not to mention a gourd trellis and a spirits garden featuring plants used in the creation of beer, wine, and liquors. Everett Potter, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Standard leaf rakes differ from metal bow (or garden) rakes, which have flatter heads and short, evenly spaced straight teeth. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2022 This gift is ideal for the plant parent who loves to garden outside and is constantly struggling with a heavy hose that gets kinks in it. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2022 There are plenty of opportunities to learn how to garden. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 For the dads who love to garden but maybe shouldn't spend quite so much time on their knees anymore, this canvas chair and storage bag is the perfect combo. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 12 June 2022 Barbara Bellesi Zito writes about home and garden topics for various lifestyle publications. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 Over 143 students reside on-campus learning how to garden, establish sustainable living practices, and a sense of agency. Rod Berger, Forbes, 2 May 2022 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,, 8 Feb. 2018 Garden categories include vegetables, fruit, flowers and miscellaneous items such as gourds, pumpkins and sunflowers. Courant Community, 29 Aug. 2017 Garden spaces are available from early May to November. Julie Washington,, 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, 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, 19 June 2017 Garden program Learn about the Gable rhododendrons with garden expert Don Hyatt. Washington Post, 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,, 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, 28 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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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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