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garland

[gahr-luh nd] /ˈgɑr lənd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a representation of such a wreath or festoon.
3.
a collection of short literary pieces, as poems and ballads; literary miscellany.
4.
Nautical. a band, collar, or grommet, as of rope.
verb (used with object)
5.
to crown with a garland; deck with garlands.
Origin of garland
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English ger(e)lande, garlande < Old French < ?
Related forms
garlandless, adjective
garlandlike, adjective
ungarland, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for garlandless

garland

/ˈɡɑːlənd/
noun
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
verb
5.
(transitive) to deck or adorn with a garland or garlands
Word Origin
C14: from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin

Garland

/ˈɡɑːlənd/
noun
1.
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 and History for garlandless

garland

n.

"wreath of flowers," c.1300 (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French garlande, perhaps from Frankish *weron "adorn, bedeck" (cf. Middle High German wieren "adorn, bedeck"), from PIE *wei- "to turn, twist" (see wire).

v.

early 15c., "to make a garland;" 1590s, "to crown with a garland," from garland (n.). Related: Garlanded; garlanding.

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