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 Disneyland brings even more holiday cheer to Main Street with an additional 220 garlands and approximately 80 wreaths wrapped along storefronts, lampposts and rooftops. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "How Does Disneyland Deck the Halls? 300 Christmas Trees, 100,000 Flowers and So Much More," 7 Nov. 2019 Alongside the bumper prize money, the winner of each of the 14 races will be draped in a traditional flower garland, comprising beauty asters, golden asters, cremons and catteleya orchids grown exclusively for the Breeders' Cup. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Breeders' Cup set for $30 million Santa Anita showdown," 1 Nov. 2019 Just a week past New Year’s Day, pine needle garlands were still strung from street lights and along the front of many shops. Elizabeth Poliner, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Sabelle," 20 July 2019 The 239,000 followers of @my100yearoldhome expect to see her banister wrapped in garlands and wreaths hung from every window by early December. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019 Expect mismatched Christmas decor — tacky balls and bows, lights, garland, plastic blow molds, tinsel and twinkle, and even homemade coffee filter snowflakes. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Betty Danger’s Country Club will become Christmas Palace again," 30 Aug. 2019 Visitors here were treated to garlands of their own, local tribal dances, coffee, tea and evening lightshows displayed on the village’s 500-year-old distinct natural clay, stone and wood structures. Washington Post, "Saudi festival showcases green mountains, flower crowns," 30 Aug. 2019 Floral garlands adorn the furniture and window sills as an homage to flowers that bloom in the South. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Family fights to remain in Austin neighborhood’s iconic pink house," 24 July 2019 The couple draped huge garlands of flowers around one another’s necks and relatives threw grains of yellow rice that caught in their dark hair. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "A young Indian couple married for love. Then the bride’s father hired assassins.," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to Keep Your Holiday Greenery Fresh," 31 Oct. 2019 Squiggles of Nutella complete one option, also garlanded with fruit, known as the Triple. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the best Korean restaurant outside Ktown, start with the amazing dumpling soup," 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, "In Modi’s move on Kashmir, a road map for his ‘new India’," 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, "“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

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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
How to pronounce Garland (audio)

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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