- a place for keeping or exhibiting bears, especially (formerly) for bearbaiting.
- a place or scene of tumult.
Origin of bear garden
First recorded in 1590–1600
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for bear garden
How could you have anything done properly in such a bear-garden?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
After dinner, he and I and my wife to the Bear-Garden, to see a prize fought there.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
This Pembroke, who loved a bear-garden, was the seventh earl of that title.The Town
Now then, he said severely, is this a club or a bear-garden?The Exiles of Faloo
Sir, said I, you indeed behave as if you were in a bear-garden.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
- (formerly) a place where bears were exhibited and where bear-baiting took place
- a place or scene of tumult and disorder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012