- a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
- 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.
- a fertile and delightful spot or region.
- British. yard2(def 1).
- pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
- to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
- to cultivate as a garden.
- 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
- Alexander,1730?–91, U.S. naturalist, born in Scotland.
- Mary,1877–1967, U.S. soprano.
Related Words for gardenbed, field, nursery, terrace, patio, greenhouse, plot, conservatory, patch, oasis, enclosure, hothouse
Examples from the Web for garden
Contemporary Examples of garden
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
No sign of any North Koreans, just lots of common, or garden, internet cybercriminals.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
After all, you prepare your home, car, garden and other things for the seasonal change, so why not your body?9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
Miyazaki is frank in his interviews with Sunada, whom he allows to tag along to his studio, his garden, and his private atelier.Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of garden
In the garden of Anaxagoras, you will find a statue of Pallas, carved from an olive-tree.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Robert went out into the garden, and dug some worms for bait.Brave and Bold
Omar Ben became conscious of an uproar beyond the garden wall.A Night Out
Katharine, dear, are you going to the vicar's garden party this afternoon?Viviette
William J. Locke
He ought to get her a proper servant and a man for the garden and the bath chair.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a houseUS 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
- (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a parkbotanical gardens
- a fertile and beautiful region
- (as modifier)a garden paradise
- (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardensa garden flat
- lead a person up the garden path informal to mislead or deceive a person
- common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional
- to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
Word Origin for garden
c.1300, from Old North French gardin (13c., Modern French jardin), from Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frankish *gardo, from Proto-Germanic *gardaz- (cf. Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gardo, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden," Old English geard "enclosure," see yard (n.1)). Italian giardino, Spanish jardin are from French.
Garden-party is by 1843. Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928. To lead someone up the garden path "entice, deceive" is attested by 1925.
In addition to the idiom beginning with garden
- garden variety
- lead down the garden path