garden

[gahr-dn]
noun
1.
a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
2.
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.
3.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
4.
British, yard2 ( def 1 ).
adjective
5.
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
verb (used without object)
7.
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cultivate as a garden.
Idioms
9.
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.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2

gardenable, adjective
gardenless, adjective
gardenlike, adjective
ungardened, adjective
well-gardened, adjective
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garden (ˈɡɑːdən)
 
n
1.  (Brit)
 a.  US and Canadian word: yard an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house
 b.  (as modifier): a garden chair
2.  a.  an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
 b.  (as modifier): garden tools Related: horticultural
3.  (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
4.  a.  a fertile and beautiful region
 b.  (as modifier): a garden paradise
5.  (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
6.  informal lead a person up the garden path to mislead or deceive a person
 
adj
7.  informal common or garden ordinary; unexceptional
 
vb
8.  to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
 
Related: horticultural
 
[C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)]
 
'gardenless
 
adj
 
'garden-like
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

garden
c.1300, from O.N.Fr. gardin, from V.L. hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frank. *gardo, from P.Gmc. *gardon (cf. O.Fris. garda, O.H.G. garto, Ger. Garten "garden," O.E. geard "enclosure," see yard (1)). The verb is first attested in 1570s. Related: Gardened; gardening.
Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928.
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Gardens definition


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.)

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Example sentences 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.
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