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[gahr-dn] /ˈgɑr dn/
a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area:
a public garden.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
British, yard2 (def 1).
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden:
fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
verb (used without object)
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
to cultivate as a garden.
lead up / down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude:
The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.
1300-50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2
Related forms
gardenable, adjective
gardenless, adjective
gardenlike, adjective
ungardened, adjective
well-gardened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gardens
  • It does have splendid palaces and gardens, but also sections beset by crime and poverty.
  • He also painted extensively family, friends, gardens, and fountains.
  • The smaller lower courtyard is given over to flower gardens and a shaded hammock.
  • He lived on for three more years, spending his days in his palace gardens.
  • Aloe species are frequently cultivated as ornamental plants both in gardens and in pots.
  • Neath bus station is at victoria gardens, near the railway station.
  • Generally, gardens and cow lots were integral parts of each household.
  • Hedges, both clipped and unclipped, are often used as ornament in the layout of gardens.
  • The site of his kilns indeed became afterwards a portion of the gardens of the tuileries.
  • The winter gardens is a large entertainment and conference venue in the town centre.
British Dictionary definitions for gardens


  1. an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house US and Canadian word yard
  2. (as modifier): a garden chair
  1. an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
  2. (as modifier): garden tools, related adjective horticultural
(often pl) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
  1. a fertile and beautiful region
  2. (as modifier): a garden paradise
(modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
(informal) lead a person up the garden path, to mislead or deceive a person
(informal) common or garden, ordinary; unexceptional
to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
Derived Forms
gardenless, adjective
garden-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for gardens



c.1300, from Old North French gardin (13c., Modern French jardin), from Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frankish *gardo, from Proto-Germanic *gardaz- (cf. Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gardo, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden," Old English geard "enclosure," see yard (n.1)). Italian giardino, Spanish jardin are from French.

Garden-party is by 1843. Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928. To lead someone up the garden path "entice, deceive" is attested by 1925.


1570s, from garden (n.). Related: Gardened; gardening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gardens in the Bible

mentioned in Scripture, of Eden (Gen. 2:8, 9); Ahab's garden of herbs (1 Kings 21:2); the royal garden (2 Kings 21:18); the royal garden at Susa (Esther 1:5); the garden of Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:41); of Gethsemane (John 18:1). The "king's garden" mentioned 2 Kings 25:4, Neh. 3:15, was near the Pool of Siloam. Gardens were surrounded by hedges of thorns (Isa. 5:5) or by walls of stone (Prov. 24:31). "Watch-towers" or "lodges" were also built in them (Isa. 1:8; Mark 12:1), in which their keepers sat. On account of their retirement they were frequently used as places for secret prayer and communion with God (Gen. 24:63; Matt. 26:30-36; John 1:48; 18:1, 2). The dead were sometimes buried in gardens (Gen. 23:19, 20; 2 Kings 21:18, 26; 1 Sam. 25:1; Mark 15:46; John 19:41). (See PARADISE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with gardens


In addition to the idiom beginning with garden also see: lead down the garden path
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