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.
a representation of such a wreath or festoon.
a collection of short literary pieces, as poems and ballads; literary miscellany.
Nautical. a band, collar, or grommet, as of rope.
verb (used with object)
to crown with a garland; deck with garlands.

1275–1325; Middle English ger(e)lande, garlande < Old French < ?

garlandless, adjective
garlandlike, adjective
ungarland, verb (used with object) Unabridged


Hamlin [ham-lin] , 1860–1940, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
Judy (Frances Gumm) 1922–69, U.S. singer and actress.
a city in NE Texas, near Dallas.
a male or female given name. Unabridged
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garland (ˈɡɑːlənd)
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
5.  (tr) to deck or adorn with a garland or garlands
[C14: from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin]

Garland (ˈɡɑːlənd)
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 & History

"wreath of flowers," c.1300, from O.Fr. gerlande, perhaps from Frank. *weron "adorn, bedeck."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Garlands definition

(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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Example sentences
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.
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