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garland

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noun gar·land \ ˈgär-lənd \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of garland

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

Examples of garland in a Sentence

  1. They placed a garland of flowers around her neck.

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Origin and Etymology of garland

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 1stencil, 1wire
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."


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garland

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Definition of garland

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

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Origin and Etymology of garland

Middle English gerlonden, garlonden, derivative of gerland 1garland

Other Household Terms


Garland

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biographical name Gar·land \ ˈgär-lənd \

Definition of Garland

(Hannibal) Hamlin 1860–1940 American novelist

Garland

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Definition of Garland

Judy 1922–1969 originally Frances Gumm American actress and singer

Garland

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geographical name Gar·land \ ˈgär-lənd \

Definition of Garland

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GARLAND Defined for English Language Learners

garland

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Definition of garland for English Language Learners

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


garland

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Definition of garland for English Language Learners

  • : to put a garland on (someone or something)


GARLAND Defined for Kids

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garland

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noun gar·land \ ˈgär-lənd \

Definition of garland for Students

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

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garland

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Definition of garland for Students

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


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