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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)

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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  • The crosses and garlands looked strange, but the hills and woods of this landscape look still stranger.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Their heads were crowned with garlands of amaranth and roses.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Their designs were conventional, but the working out was like the quaintly formal primness of wild flowers in garlands.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • The door of the bridegroom's house was hung with garlands of flowers.

  • But when the day was come, and all things were ready, the salted meal for the sacrifice and the garlands, lo!

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • The city had been beflagged and adorned with banners and with garlands.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Again there were flags and garlands, and again the people everywhere.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
  • They are in bowers, in garlands, in heaps and mounds—I smell them now.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
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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