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A Japanese garden.
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From Middle English garden, from Anglo-Norman gardin, from Frankish *gardo (fenced-in yard, garden), from Proto-Germanic *gardô, *gardaz, whence also inherited English yard. The final -in derives either from the Frankish inflected form *gardin or is a Romance diminutive of *gard (compare Old French jart alongside jardin, Medieval Latin hortus gardinus). Cognate with West Frisian gard, Low German Goorn, Dutch gaard, gaarde, German Garten, French jardin, Spanish jardín, Italian giardino.



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
    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 spade;  a garden path
      • 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. 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.
  5. (slang) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
    • 1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at 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. (A commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c950 BC; book footnotes shown here bracketed within the text; many scholars disagree with the Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of usage in 1995 rather than intended meaning in 950 BC.)
    • c2004, Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at 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.


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


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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.
    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.


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garden (not comparable)

  1. Common, ordinary, domesticated.




garden c

  1. singular definite of garde


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garden m

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  1. definite singular of gard

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  1. definite singular of garde