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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
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English ger(e)lande, garlande < Old French < ?
Related forms
garlandless, adjective
garlandlike, adjective
ungarland, verb (used with object)

Garland

[gahr-luh nd] /ˈgɑr lənd/
noun
1.
Hamlin
[ham-lin] /ˈhæm lɪn/ (Show IPA),
1860–1940, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
2.
Judy (Frances Gumm) 1922–69, U.S. singer and actress.
3.
a city in NE Texas, near Dallas.
4.
a male or female given name.
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Examples from the web for garlands
  • Mourners wearing leaf-garlands kept the coffin company.
  • All of the holiday events are in full swing, and the city is dressed to the nines in garlands, ornaments and bows.
  • After arriving at the palace, there are more flower showers and welcoming garlands before the wedding ceremony proper begins.
  • In the fate of the garlands floating on the stream they read their own.
  • Ears of oats are inserted in its nostrils and mouth, and it is adorned with garlands of flowers.
  • Boxwood window wreaths and doorway garlands with gold and lime ribbon.
  • Wreaths and garlands can not be recycled because of the wire used to shape them.
  • We wanted to use real and fresh flowers and garlands and fruits, and that's what we've done.
  • The fort casemates, armed with cannons, were decorated with holiday garlands.
  • Over each of the four mantels, lush, rich garlands suspended with gold ribbon cascade to the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for garlands

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 garlands

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.

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

(Acts 14:13). In heathen sacrifices the victims were adorned with fillets and garlands made of wool, with leaves and flowers interwoven. The altar and the priests and attendants were also in like manner adorned.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for garlands

garland

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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