garland

noun
gar·land | \ˈgär-lənd \

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 \

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 \

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

Swirling gold spirals, faces morphing into garlands, bodies morphing into trees, the cosmos, Greek mythology, Munch, castles in the air . . Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "This Cult Danish Jeweler’s Work Will Be Reissued at Dover Street Market," 1 June 2018 The 25-foot holiday tree will be draped with paper garland, ornaments and lights. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas 2017: Holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area," 13 Nov. 2017 My favorite seems at first to have a garland of bright flowers around its edges, but a closer look reveals patches of color on a surface of brown papier-mâché on burned wood with a hole in the center. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless," 14 June 2018 Add-on options include decorating (see below), lighting, and a garland or wreath. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "These Christmas Tree Experts Will Deliver Your Tree—And Decorate It Too," 10 Nov. 2017 There’s all the familiar millennial wedding fare, like Cunningham’s spaghetti-strap gown and crystal garlands. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "This Bachelorette Contestant's Doomed Wedding Video Is Actually A Masterpiece," 24 June 2018 But Justify stuck hard to the rail and Good Magic was outgunned down the stretch, left with muddied flanks and disappointment in the absence of a rose garland. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Good Magic runs 'race of his life' as Kentucky Derby 2018 runner-up," 5 May 2018 The garlands around the middle of the cake were chosen to match the details of the room where it was displayed for the wedding, the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 Craft store Michaels has marked down some decorations, including garland, string lights and signs. USA TODAY, "Save green on St. Patrick’s Day — no luck required," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading and the chapel itself was garlanded with white roses, the favorite flowers of Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Anchorage Daily News, "In a union of tradition and modernity, Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry," 19 May 2018 The crowd of thousands, led by local clerics, garlanded Mayar and other freed defendants with roses, then marched through the city with boisterous chants and banners that called for the sentences to be overturned and those convicted to be freed. Washington Post, "Religious groups protest guilty verdicts in slaying of Pakistani student," 10 Feb. 2018 Wreaths Across America, the nonprofit that garlands the graves of American service members during the holiday season, is looking for a few good donations. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego launches fundraising for Wreaths Across America Xmas outreach," 3 Oct. 2017 An Arab wedding convoy rode past, horns blaring, cars garlanded with pink and red roses. Ali Arkady, Smithsonian, "A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Story," 29 Apr. 2017 An Arab wedding convoy rode past, horns blaring, cars garlanded with pink and red roses. Ali Arkady, Smithsonian, "A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Story," 2 May 2017 If Shawn VanDiver has his way, every gravestone at Fort Rosecrans will be garlanded with roses this Memorial Day. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Navy vet seeks help decorating war heroes' graves on Memorial Day," 17 May 2017 In the Hawaiian tradition, everyone wore colorful clothes and were garlanded with leis. Paul Theroux, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Life Magazine," 30 Mar. 2017

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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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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 \

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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