See also: Garden, gärden, and gården

English edit

 
A Japanese garden.
 
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Etymology edit

From Middle English gardyn, garden, from Anglo-Norman gardin, from Frankish *gardin-, oblique stem of *gardō (enclosure, yard), from Proto-Germanic *gardô (enclosure, garden, house), whence also inherited English yard. (compare Old French jart alongside jardin, Medieval Latin gardinus).

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Noun edit

garden (plural gardens)

  1. An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes.
    a vegetable garden
    a flower garden
    • 1629, John Parkinson, “The Situation of a Garden of Pleasure, with the Nature of Soyles, and How to Amend the Defects that are in Many Sorts of Situations and Grounds”, in Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris. [], London: [] Hvmfrey Lownes and Robert Yovng [], →OCLC, page 1:
      [] I ſuppoſe the North ſide of the water to be the beſt ſide for your garden, that it may haue the comfort of the South Sunne to lye vpon it and face it, and the dwelling houſe to bee aboue it, to defend the cold windes and froſts both from your herbes, and flowers, and early fruits.
    1. (in the plural) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
      You can spend the afternoon walking around the town gardens.
    2. (attributive) Taking place in, or used in, such a garden.
      a garden party
      a garden path
      a garden spade
      • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 5, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
        The garden parties of pre-1914 were something to be remembered. Everyone was dressed up to the nines, high-heeled shoes, muslin frocks with blue sashes, large leghorn hats with drooping roses. There were lovely ices [] with every kind of cream cake, of sandwich, of éclair, and peaches, muscat grapes, and nectarines.
  2. (Britain, Ireland, Appalachia) The grounds at the front or back of a house.
    This house has a swimming pool, a tent, a swing set and a fountain in the garden.
    We were drinking lemonade and playing croquet in the garden.
    Our garden is overgrown with weeds.
  3. (cartomancy) The twentieth Lenormand card.
  4. (figuratively) A cluster; a bunch.
    • 1965, Charles McDowell, Campaign Fever: The National Folk Festival, from New Hampshire to November, 1964, Morrow, page 11:
      Behind the tangled garden of microphones that had sprouted on the lectern, Goldwater spoke softly and casually about his family.
  5. (slang) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
    • 1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at etext.org on 9 May 2006
      Blow on my garden [speaking of her genitalia], so the spices of it may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden [her pubic area] and eat His pleasant fruits.
    • N.B. From a commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c. 950 BC; book footnotes are shown here within brackets. Many scholars disagree with this Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of the word's usage in 1995 rather than the intended meaning of Biblical Hebrewגַּן(gan) in 950 BC.
    • c. 2004, Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at haircaredownthere.com on 9 May 2006 -
      Primping and pruning the secret garden might seem like a totally 21st century concept, but the fact is women have gotten into below-the-belt grooming since before the Bronze Age.

Synonyms edit

  • (decorative place outside):
  • (gardens with public access): park, public gardens
  • (grounds at the front or back of a house): yard (US, Canada, Australia)
  • (the pubic hair): See pubic hair

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Descendants edit

  • Sranan Tongo: dyari
  • Nafaanra: yaadi

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Verb edit

garden (third-person singular simple present gardens, present participle gardening, simple past and past participle gardened)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly Canada, US) To grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
    Synonym: (dated) make garden
    I love to garden—this year I'm going to plant some daffodils.
  2. (intransitive, cricket) Of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.
    Synonym: farm

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garden (not comparable)

  1. Common, ordinary, domesticated.
    Synonym: garden variety

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Cebuano edit

Etymology edit

From English garden.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: gar‧den

Noun edit

garden

  1. a garden

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garden

  1. to make or turn into a garden

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garden c

  1. definite singular of garde

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garden

  1. plural of garde

Galician edit

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garden

  1. inflection of gardar:
    1. third-person plural present subjunctive
    2. third-person plural imperative

Middle English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old Northern French gardin.

Noun edit

garden

  1. Alternative form of gardyn

Etymology 2 edit

From Anglo-Norman guardein.

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garden

  1. Alternative form of gardein

Norwegian Bokmål edit

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garden m

  1. definite singular of gard
  2. definite singular of garde

Norwegian Nynorsk edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [¹ɡɐ̞ːren], [¹ɡɐ̞ːɳ̩]

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garden m

  1. definite singular of gard

Etymology 2 edit

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garden m

  1. definite singular of garde

Sranan Tongo edit

Etymology edit

From Dutch gordijn (curtain).

Noun edit

garden

  1. window blind
  2. awning (shelter from sunlight)

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garden

  1. indefinite plural of garde