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

How many Instagram photos feature a whitewashed stone wall with bunches of scarlet tomatoes pulled from the ground, plant and all, and hung upside down, or cherry tomatoes carefully threaded and hung as garlands? Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Sun-dried tomatoes, the Mickey Rourke of food, get their second act," 10 July 2019 In Rikitea we were welcomed in traditional Polynesian fashion, not with fish and chips but with drumming and dancing, grass skirts and fresh fruits, smiling faces and floral garlands. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 Located on Christmas Tree Lane, the lobby features a full size Christmas tree, garlands with lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "This Hotel Celebrates Christmas All Year Round Because Holiday Miracles Are Real," 19 Oct. 2018 Two weeks ago, the Royal Collection revealed the Jack and Eugenie's official commemorative china, which featured not only the couple's monogram, but also garlands of ivy, wild English bluebells, forget-me-nots and the white rose of York. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 The actress wore a floral garland on her head as well as a white veil, which appeared to extend all the way from the top of her head to the hem of her gown. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Kit Harington Marries Rose Leslie in Romantic Scotland Ceremony — See the Photos!," 23 June 2018 With exposed ceiling beams and a charming stone fireplace—decorated with more garland and candles, of course—this cozy room is where the group will want to hang out all weekend long. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The symbols were designed in a garland of rope-like motifs, and woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend, and then translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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 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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