[ gahr-dn ]
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  1. a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.

  2. a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area: a public garden.

  1. a fertile and delightful spot or region.

  2. British. yard2 (def. 1).

  1. pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.

verb (used without object)
  1. to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cultivate as a garden.

Idioms about garden

  1. lead up / down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude: The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.

Origin of garden

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English gardin, from Old North French gardin, Old French jardin, from Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten; see also yard2

Other words from garden

  • gar·den·a·ble, adjective
  • gar·den·less, adjective
  • gar·den·like, adjective
  • un·gar·dened, adjective
  • well-gardened, adjective

Words Nearby garden

Other definitions for Garden (2 of 2)

[ gahr-dn ]

  1. Alexander, 1730?–91, U.S. naturalist, born in Scotland.

  2. Mary, 1877–1967, U.S. soprano. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use garden in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for garden


/ (ˈɡɑːdən) /

  1. British

    • an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house: US and Canadian word: yard

    • (as modifier): a garden chair

    • an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc

    • (as modifier): garden tools Related adjective: horticultural

  1. (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens

    • a fertile and beautiful region

    • (as modifier): a garden paradise

  2. (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat

  3. lead a person up the garden path informal to mislead or deceive a person

  1. common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional

  1. to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)

Origin of garden

C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard ² (sense 1)

Derived forms of garden

  • gardenless, adjective
  • garden-like, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with garden


In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path

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