garland

noun
gar·​land | \ ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce garland (audio) \

Definition of garland

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material (such as flowers or leaves)

garland

verb
garlanded; garlanding; garlands

Definition of garland (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to form into a garland
2 : to adorn with or as if with a garland

Garland

biographical name (1)
Gar·​land | \ ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce Garland (audio) \

Definition of Garland (Entry 3 of 5)

(Hannibal) Hamlin 1860–1940 American novelist

Garland

biographical name (2)

Definition of Garland (Entry 4 of 5)

Judy 1922–1969 originally Frances Gumm American actress and singer

Garland

geographical name
Gar·​land | \ ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce Garland (audio) \

Definition of Garland (Entry 5 of 5)

city in northeastern Texas north-northeast of Dallas population 226,876

Examples of garland in a Sentence

Noun

They placed a garland of flowers around her neck.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The actress wore a floral garland on her head as well as a white veil, which appeared to extend all the way from the top of her head to the hem of her gown. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Kit Harington Marries Rose Leslie in Romantic Scotland Ceremony — See the Photos!," 23 June 2018 With exposed ceiling beams and a charming stone fireplace—decorated with more garland and candles, of course—this cozy room is where the group will want to hang out all weekend long. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The symbols were designed in a garland of rope-like motifs, and woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend, and then translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 On Vogue’s September cover, Queen B has traded a traditional garland for a crown of wild, unkept blooms. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 Wrapped around the bannisters were garlands with colorful balls. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How the Royal Family Decorates Their Palaces for the Holidays," 11 Dec. 2018 Go green and whimsical with a dinner table setting that is decked with lush garland. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20+ Sophisticated Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas," 31 Oct. 2017 The 1-minute clip features everything from moving creepy dolls (that’s the stuff nightmares are made of y’all), Satanic garlands and cozy festive cheers from Brina and her aunts. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: a Midwinter's Tale" Trailer Is a Creepy Take on the Holiday Season," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The action unfurls in a quaint medieval town square garlanded with flowers and armorial pennants, (modified for the Gala), where Harlequin woos Columbine, and in a Beaux Arts ballroom conservatory where the action continues in the second act. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "American Ballet Theatre Revives the Color and Comedy of Marius Petipa's Harlequinade," 24 May 2018 More inspired are Gianni Versace’s diaphanous dresses of gold and silver mesh, a signature material that the designer garlanded with crosses. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 2018 There are port facilities at the mouth of the fjord, towers garlanded by hundreds of miles of transmission lines, five smelters and a refinery, all owned by the area’s largest private employer and top aluminum shipper to the U.S., Rio Tinto Group. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 Her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading and the chapel itself was garlanded with white roses, the favorite flowers of Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Anchorage Daily News, "In a union of tradition and modernity, Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry," 19 May 2018 The crowd of thousands, led by local clerics, garlanded Mayar and other freed defendants with roses, then marched through the city with boisterous chants and banners that called for the sentences to be overturned and those convicted to be freed. Washington Post, "Religious groups protest guilty verdicts in slaying of Pakistani student," 10 Feb. 2018 Wreaths Across America, the nonprofit that garlands the graves of American service members during the holiday season, is looking for a few good donations. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego launches fundraising for Wreaths Across America Xmas outreach," 3 Oct. 2017 An Arab wedding convoy rode past, horns blaring, cars garlanded with pink and red roses. Ali Arkady, Smithsonian, "A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Story," 29 Apr. 2017 An Arab wedding convoy rode past, horns blaring, cars garlanded with pink and red roses. Ali Arkady, Smithsonian, "A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Story," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of garland

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garland

Noun

Middle English gerland, garlond "wreath of leaves or flowers worn as a crown," borrowed from Anglo-French garlande, gerlaunde "hair band, diadem" (continental Old French, "crown made with gold filigree"), probably from Old French *gareler "to trim with gold or silver filigree" (expansion, with -eler after such verbs as estenceler "to sparkle," of Old Low Franconian *wearōn, *wiarōn, derivative of *wiara "gold or silver filigree, ornament made of such material," going back to Germanic *wīr- "metal thread, wire") + -ande, collective noun suffix (going back to Latin -anda, neuter plural gerundive suffix) — more at stencil entry 1, wire entry 1

Note: The variant Old Low Franconian forms *weara, *wiara (corresponding to Old High German wiara "fine gold, ornament of gold filigree"), stages in the development of Germanic e2, are postulated to explain the two Romance outcomes of this etymon: garlande in Old French (from *weara) and guirlanda "crown made of gold thread," first attested in Old Occitan (from *wiara, presumably progressing to *wiera as in Old High German). Old Occitan guirlanda, borrowed into Italian as ghirlanda, cycled back to French in the 16th century as guirlande, in the sense "circular arrangement of flowers or leaves."

Verb

Middle English gerlonden, garlonden, derivative of gerland garland entry 1

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garland

noun

English Language Learners Definition of garland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a ring or rope that is made of leaves, flowers, or some other material and that is used as a decoration

garland

verb

English Language Learners Definition of garland (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a garland on (someone or something)

garland

noun
gar·​land | \ ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce garland (audio) \

Kids Definition of garland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wreath or rope of material (as leaves or flowers)

garland

verb
garlanded; garlanding

Kids Definition of garland (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form into or decorate with a garland Flowers garlanded her head.

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