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 Her tree, wrapped in sparkly silver and gold garlands says luxury, but her paper decorations hanging from the ceiling speak practicality. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Need Some Design Inspo? Here's How the Stars Decorated Their Christmas Trees," 12 Dec. 2019 Decorations in the public areas of the White House include 58 Christmas trees, more than 2,500 strands of light, more than 800 feet (244 meters) of garland and more than 15,000 bows. Washington Post, "Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House," 3 Dec. 2019 Decorations in the public areas of the White House include 58 Christmas trees, more than 2,500 strands of light, more than 800 feet (244 meters) of garland and more than 15,000 bows. BostonGlobe.com, "The White House previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday before Trump and the first lady were to depart for London.," 2 Dec. 2019 The party favor packages are customizable, allowing you to select the style of pool, and choose between a cool beach towel or electric pump, a Minni-cooler or garland, and party invites or can coolies for your own idea of summer fun. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "6 over-the-top pool floats you need this summer," 26 July 2019 There are easy ways to recycle unwanted Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and swags, with trash haulers, scouts and wildlife advocates prepared to help. oregonlive, "Is your holiday greenery turning brown? Recycle it to help wildlife, wetlands, scouts," 5 Jan. 2020 Next up and most common is a green pole wrapped with garland. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Faux firs: New trends in Christmas trees," 5 Dec. 2019 The urban-gardening specialists will have Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and gifts. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Christmas tree lighting, MCA’s holiday market, Make Out Party, Lightscape installation," 21 Nov. 2019 At Disneyland, Main Street is decked out in wreaths and garlands, and Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle is adorned in 126,000 lights. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Visiting Disneyland for Christmas? Avoid making these 10 common mistakes," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first two books are now rightly famous, garlanded with a Booker each. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel Finally Takes Cromwell to the Block," 6 Apr. 2020 Keep evergreens cool Try to place outdoor wreaths, swags, or garland out of direct sunlight, which tends to dry them out faster. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Keep Your Holiday Greenery Fresh," 31 Oct. 2019 Squiggles of Nutella complete one option, also garlanded with fruit, known as the Triple. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the best Korean restaurant outside Ktown, start with the amazing dumpling soup," 10 Oct. 2019 Modi said in his address Thursday, speaking in front of a billowing, oversize Indian flag on a podium garlanded with jasmine flowers. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "In Modi’s move on Kashmir, a road map for his ‘new India’," 15 Aug. 2019 Next in line is a record-company executive, Debra (Kate McKinnon), who flies Jack to Los Angeles and promises, or threatens, to garland him with riches and renown. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday” Wants to Hold Your Hand," 28 June 2019 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

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

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Last Updated

14 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Garland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garland. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for garland

garland

noun
How to pronounce Garland (audio)

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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