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market garden

a garden or farm for growing vegetables to be shipped especially to local or nearby markets.
Compare truck farm.
British. truck farm.
(initial capital letters) Military. the Allied code name for the unsuccessful invasion of Holland by British and American airborne and infantry forces on September 17, 1944.
Origin of market garden
Related forms
market gardener, noun
market gardening, noun Unabridged
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  • A wealthy landowner (he did own a part of the market-garden he so sedulously cultivated) had developed a grand—oh, but a grand!

    Happy Pollyooly Edgar Jepson
  • He also kept bees and coneys and ran a market-garden of two acres.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • So far as we saw it, the whole of Europe was a market-garden, with prize meadows interspersed.

    An American Girl Abroad Adeline Trafton
  • Such a farm must be hand-tilled, and, if skilfully hand-tilled, would certainly produce as much food as a market-garden.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • Compared with Sorrento itself, the plain is but a great orchard or market-garden.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • In the market-garden business jobs were endless, especially in spring.

  • The road from Bowdon to Manchester passes through a country which may be truly characterised as the market-garden of Manchester.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • It's her aim, d'ye see, to turn them forty acres into a fruit-orchard and a market-garden.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • The following illustration is from a sketch taken in Nov. 1869, in market-garden fields, between Kensington and Brompton.

    Mushroom Culture W. Robinson
  • There was also a deep moat which could be flooded; it is now serving the peaceful purpose of market-garden.

British Dictionary definitions for market-garden

market garden

(mainly Brit) an establishment where fruit and vegetables are grown for sale
Derived Forms
market gardener, noun
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