garland

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noun

gar·​land ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce garland (audio)
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: a circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material (such as flowers or leaves)
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garland

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verb

garlanded; garlanding; garlands

transitive verb

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

Examples of garland in a Sentence

Noun They placed a garland of flowers around her neck.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The gilded garlands were embellished with 60,500 crystals and made over 1,600 hours by five craftspeople. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 7 May 2024 Tiny white lights illuminate the trees that line historic streets, colorful front doors are adorned with waxy magnolia wreaths, century-old wrought iron gates wear garlands like necklaces, and store windows display scenes borrowed from vintage Christmas postcards. Paige Porter Fischer, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 Lavin’s videos show staff preparing blueberry French toast soufflé, fireplaces decorated with garland and taper candles, and sunny parlor rooms filled with antiques (also available for purchase). Curbed, 27 Dec. 2023 The embellishments on the gown featured abstract garlands of wildflowers representing Queen Camilla and King Charles' love of nature and the British countryside. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 String them all together with fishing wire to make a fun garland that can be wrapped around the edge of your table, or laid along the center like a table runner. 10 of 13 Paper Lantern Flower Arrangements Insert a vase into the bottom of a paper lantern, cutting the opening slightly, if needed. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Mar. 2024 Staffers greeted me with a garland of fragrant frangipani, offered me a pisco sour, then ushered me out to an airy villa overlooking the coastline. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 The event had cream and turquoise balloon garlands accompanied by gorgeous green and white floral centerpieces laid out on a long table. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 17 Jan. 2024 The garland is embroidered onto the linen bunny, and the set of four adds an elegant touch to Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024
Verb
Those children’s drawings from the Balkans formed the templates for the sprightly, sometimes bawdy bronze and steel sculptures that now garland the skyline of New York — large ones, but also flowers, birds and graffiti that nestle in the topiaries, and hide behind the cocktail bar. Jason Farago, New York Times, 2 May 2024 Upon their release, the convicts had been garlanded with flowers by well-wishers and praised by a BJP lawmaker as good Brahmins, the highest Hindu caste. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 Cats darted up and down the front steps, which were garlanded with Christmas decorations. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica, 8 Jan. 2024 The first to be evacuated, a short man wearing a dark grey winter jacket and a yellow hard-hat, was garlanded with marigold flowers and welcomed in traditional Indian style inside the tunnel by state chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and federal deputy highways minister V.K. Singh. Saurabh Sharma, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Nov. 2023 The Indian government garlanded her with one of its highest civilian honors, the Padma Bhushan, in 2022. Mayukh Sen, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 The old-fashioned Square gets all gussied up for the season with lights and garland a plenty, plus a 12-foot Christmas tree. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 13 Nov. 2023 Once harvested, the chiles are sometimes garlanded with string and left to dry in the sun, an essential process that can take as long as a month, depending on the weather. Eric Kim, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Outlining the door's trim, garland with coordinating pops of yellow unify the space. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of garland was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Garland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garland. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

garland

1 of 2 noun
gar·​land ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce garland (audio)
: a wreath or rope of leaves or flowers or of other material

garland

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: to form into or decorate with a garland

Geographical Definition

Garland

geographical name

Gar·​land ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce Garland (audio)
city in northeastern Texas north-northeast of Dallas population 226,876

Biographical Definition

Garland 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Gar·​land ˈgär-lənd How to pronounce Garland (audio)
(Hannibal) Hamlin 1860–1940 American novelist

Garland

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biographical name (2)

Judy 1922–1969 originally Frances Gumm American actress and singer
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