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 Grab some evergreen garland and some damage-free, easy-to-remove picture hooks. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 The garland weighs about 40 pounds—that's a lot of flowers! Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Apr. 2021 The iconic garland of roses, given each year to the Kentucky Derby's winning horse, has arrived at Churchill Downs. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2021 Four masked guards carrying the gold and glass case that contains the garland brought it into the racetrack just after noon, as onlookers watched. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2021 Now Carmouche has his first Kentucky Derby mount, which, perhaps fittingly, is a long shot to claim the garland of roses. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 The famous rose garland that is draped over the winning horse is made with more than 400 red roses, which are sewn together on green satin. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Apr. 2021 The Floral Project will arrange a 4-foot floral garland in the shape of a heart. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2021 Here, Yöung added a real Fraser Fir garland from Williams-Sonoma to the stairway railing that leads to his front door. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What matters to Celtic and Rangers, at all times, is winning — to garland their own reputation and to dent that of their rival. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 The first two books are now rightly famous, garlanded with a Booker each. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 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, 31 Oct. 2019 Squiggles of Nutella complete one option, also garlanded with fruit, known as the Triple. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'garland.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About garland

Time Traveler for garland

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for garland

Last Updated

17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Garland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garland. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for garland

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.

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!