Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plot of land used for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, or fruit.
  • n. Grounds laid out with flowers, trees, and ornamental shrubs and used for recreation or display. Often used in the plural: public gardens; a botanical garden.
  • n. A yard or lawn.
  • n. A fertile, well-cultivated region.
  • n. An open-air establishment where refreshments are served.
  • n. A large public auditorium or arena.
  • transitive v. To cultivate (a plot of ground) as a garden.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a garden.
  • intransitive v. To plant or tend a garden.
  • intransitive v. To work as a gardener.
  • adj. Of, suitable to, or used in a garden: garden tools; garden vegetables.
  • adj. Provided with open areas and greenery: a garden community.
  • adj. Garden-variety.
  • idiom lead To mislead or deceive (another).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food (vegetable garden) or ornamental purposes (flower garden).
  • n. Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
  • n. The grounds at the front or back of a house.
  • n. A cluster, a bunch.
  • n. Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
  • v. to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
  • v. of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.
  • adj. Of, relating to, in, from or for use in a garden.
  • adj. Common, ordinary, domesticated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of ground appropriated to the cultivation of herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables.
  • n. A rich, well-cultivated spot or tract of country.
  • intransitive v. To lay out or cultivate a garden; to labor in a garden; to practice horticulture.
  • transitive v. To cultivate as a garden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plot of ground devoted to the cultivation of culinary vegetables, fruits, or flowering and ornamental plants.
  • n. A rich, well-cultivated spot or tract of country; a delightful spot.
  • Of, pertaining to, or produced in a garden: as, garden implements or plants.
  • To lay out or cultivate a garden; work in a garden, or in the manner of a gardener.
  • To cultivate as a garden: generally in the past participle.
  • Common; ordinary: as, a garden hen; garden proceedings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that are cultivated in a garden
  • n. a yard or lawn adjoining a house
  • v. work in the garden
  • n. a plot of ground where plants are cultivated

Etymologies

Middle English gardin, from Old North French, from gart, of Germanic origin; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French gardin (compare modern French jardin from Old French jardin), diminutive (cf. Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus) or oblique form of *gard (compare Old French jart), from Old Low Franconian *gardo 'fenced in yard, garden' (compare Dutch gaarde, gaard), from Proto-Germanic *gardô (compare West Frisian gard, Low German Garden, German Garten), from Proto-Germanic *gardaz (“yeard”). More at yard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He claims that ˜five foot garden hose™ is an individuative term since no part of it is a five foot garden hose, but ˜garden hose™ is not individuative.

    Sortals

  • An elderly waiter with trembling hands was hurriedly spreading a pink and white checked cloth over the rusty green iron table, saying: “If the lady and gentleman wish to take their tea in the garden, if the lady and gentleman wish to take their tea in the garden…

    Hysteria

  • "_And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and A dam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden_."

    Hetty Wesley

  • But ... how put such transcendental facts into common or garden (for it is _garden_) language?

    Hortus Vitae Essays on the Gardening of Life

  • He paced about his apartments, feeling a sort of physical delight, opening his window and looking out on the commonplace garden through which so many ministers had passed and which he called, as so many before him had done: _My garden_.

    His Excellency the Minister

  • _Lodovico discovereth to Madam Beatrice the love he beareth her, whereupon she sendeth Egano her husband into the garden, in her own favour, and lieth meanwhile with Lodovico, who, presently arising, goeth and cudgelleth Egano in the garden_ 344

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The Morning Prayer Hall courtyard features a salsabil, or paradise water fountain, as its centerpiece, while the main garden is inlaid with a network of small water canals connected to a central fountain.

    Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi: A Monument of Tolerance in the Heart of Dubai

  • Age and hygienic necessities bind me to a somewhat anchoritic life in pure air, with abundant leisure to meditate upon the wisdom of Candide's sage aphorism, "Cultivons notre jardin" -- especially if the term garden may be taken broadly and applied to the stony and weed-grown ground within my skull, as well as to a few perches of more promising chalk down outside it.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 3

  • It seems kind of ironic since my garden is always expanding.

    » Resolving to Live Sustainably Strocel.com

  • Your garden is my dream come true ... only, can you get them same results without all the work?

    Today's Garden

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  • Also a really good poem by Andrew Marvell.

    October 6, 2009

  • hypersensitivity, Pitcairn island.

    July 23, 2009

  • faith, Israel

    July 23, 2009


  • My brother calls the garden a graveyard.
    He laughs at the plight of the grass
    and ruthlessly counts the corpses of the fish
    rotting beneath the sick skin of shallow water.
    My brother is addicted to philosophy
    he sees the healing of the garden in its death.

    - Forugh Farrokhzad, 'I Pity the Garden', translated from the Farsi by Sholeh Wolpé.

    November 10, 2008