a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, or other material, worn for ornament or as an honor or hung on something as a decoration: A garland of laurel was placed on the winner's head.
a representation of such a wreath or festoon.
a collection of short literary pieces, as poems and ballads; literary miscellany.
Nautical. a band, collar, or grommet, as of rope.
verb (used with object)
to crown with a garland; deck with garlands.

1275–1325; Middle English ger(e)lande, garlande < Old French < ?

garlandless, adjective
garlandlike, adjective
ungarland, verb (used with object) Unabridged


Hamlin [ham-lin] , 1860–1940, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
Judy (Frances Gumm) 1922–69, U.S. singer and actress.
a city in NE Texas, near Dallas.
a male or female given name. Unabridged
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garland (ˈɡɑːlənd)
1.  a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, etc, worn round the head or neck or hung up
2.  a representation of such a wreath, as in painting, sculpture, etc
3.  a collection of short literary pieces, such as ballads or poems; miscellany or anthology
4.  nautical a ring or grommet of rope
5.  (tr) to deck or adorn with a garland or garlands
[C14: from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin]

Garland (ˈɡɑːlənd)
Judy, real name Frances Gumm. 1922--69, US singer and film actress. Already a child star, she achieved international fame with The Wizard of Oz (1939). Later films included Meet Me in St Louis (1944) and A Star is Born (1954)

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Word Origin & History

"wreath of flowers," c.1300, from O.Fr. gerlande, perhaps from Frank. *weron "adorn, bedeck."
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a band, or chain, of flowers, foliage, and leaves; it may be joined at the ends to form a circle (wreath), worn on the head (chaplet), or draped in loops (festoon or swag). Garlands have been a part of religious ritual and tradition from ancient times: the Egyptians placed garlands of flowers on their mummies as a sign of celebration in entering the afterlife; the Greeks decorated their homes, civic buildings, and temples with garlands and placed them crosswise on banquet tables; in ancient Rome, garlands of rose petals were worn, and carved wooden festoons (a craft revived in the 17th and 18th centuries) decorated homes. These garlands are a recurrent motif in classical and Renaissance paintings and relief sculptures. In the Byzantine culture a spiral garland made with foliage and tiny flowers was popular as were those of narrow bands of alternating fruit or flowers and foliage. During the 15th and 16th centuries garlands of fruits and flowers, especially of roses, were worn in pageants, festivals, and at weddings, a custom echoed in the folk festivals of Europe in which cattle are decked with flowers and dances are performed with chains of flowers linking the participants (garland dance). The religious significance of garlands was evident in the European Middle Ages (c. 5th-15th centuries) when they were hung on religious statues. The Hindus in India also attach a spiritual meaning to flowers, wearing and adorning their statues with blessed garlands. See also wreath

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