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

Definition of garland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


garlanded; garlanding; garlands

Definition of garland (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into a garland
2 : 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 Fresh evergreen garland, flickering candles, and copper accents set a cozy mood that warms up a winter day. Jessica Brinkert Holtam, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2021 These giant versions are just the right size to make festive garland. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 This is surmounted by a rococo-style bow with trailing ribbons that terminate at the base with a flower garland. Tribune News Service, al, 13 May 2022 There's no better way to celebrate the reason for the season than with a festive DIY garland. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 String them along the corner on a garland to look like vines running through the frame. Teaghan Skulszki, Sunset Magazine, 21 Dec. 2021 The pocket watch's front cover is engraved with a horseshoe and a garland of flowers around it, a metaphor for the horses before the race. Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 3 June 2022 The show takes its title from a recent series that includes renderings of a cat, a rabbit, a dog within a leafy garland and a bird that perches atop, rather than inside, a metal cage. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Prices range from $45 to $115, and wreaths, centerpieces and garland also are being sold for prices that start at $28. Alicia Fabbre,, 20 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In this effort, citizens were more likely to garland him with roses rather than drench him in cold water., 15 Oct. 2021 The ostensible ambitions on display are sweeping: to garland a small collection of vehicles with drawings, art, posters, and films illustrating the hold that the internal combustion engine has exercised on modernity’s collective soul. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 22 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of garland


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 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."


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

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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)


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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