From Middle English gerner, from Old French gernier, variant of grenier, from Latin grānārium ‎(granary)



garner ‎(plural garners)

  1. A granary; a store of grain.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Psalms 144:13::
      That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Matthew 3:12::
      Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
  2. An accumulation, supply, store, or hoard of something.



garner ‎(third-person singular simple present garners, present participle garnering, simple past and past participle garnered)

  1. To reap grain, gather it up, and store it in a granary.
  2. To gather, amass, hoard, as if harvesting grain.
  3. (often figurative) To earn; to get; to accumulate or acquire by some effort or due to some fact; to reap.
    He garnered a reputation as a language expert.
    Her new book garnered high praise from the critics.
    His poor choices garnered him a steady stream of welfare checks.
  4. (rare, intransitive) to gather or become gathered; to accumulate or become accumulated; to become stored.

Usage notesEdit

The "earn, acquire, accumulate" sense should be read as a figurative extension of the original "harvest, gather" sense, sometimes with some inanimate achievement or choice metaphorically doing the "gathering", as "The new book garnered high praise", or with an indirect object, as, "The new book garnered the author high praise". In this sense, the achievement, choice, or fact is actively gathering something, positive or negative, for its creator, even if that choice is inaction, as in "Failure to try can garner you the disapproval of the industrious".



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garner n

  1. plural indefinite of garn
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