[gahr-luh nd]
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  1. a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, or other material, worn for ornament or as an honor or hung on something as a decoration: A garland of laurel was placed on the winner's head.
  2. a representation of such a wreath or festoon.
  3. a collection of short literary pieces, as poems and ballads; literary miscellany.
  4. Nautical. a band, collar, or grommet, as of rope.
verb (used with object)
  1. to crown with a garland; deck with garlands.

Origin of garland

1275–1325; Middle English ger(e)lande, garlande < Old French < ?
Related formsgar·land·less, adjectivegar·land·like, adjectiveun·gar·land, verb (used with object)


[gahr-luh nd]
  1. Ham·lin [ham-lin] /ˈhæm lɪn/, 1860–1940, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
  2. JudyFrances Gumm, 1922–69, U.S. singer and actress.
  3. a city in NE Texas, near Dallas.
  4. a male or female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for garland

wreath, crown, festoon, laurel, chaplet, coronal, palm

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  1. a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, etc, worn round the head or neck or hung up
  2. a representation of such a wreath, as in painting, sculpture, etc
  3. a collection of short literary pieces, such as ballads or poems; miscellany or anthology
  4. nautical a ring or grommet of rope
  1. (tr) to deck or adorn with a garland or garlands

Word Origin for garland

C14: from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin


  1. Judy, real name Frances Gumm. 1922–69, US singer and film actress. Already a child star, she achieved international fame with The Wizard of Oz (1939). Later films included Meet Me in St Louis (1944) and A Star is Born (1954)
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Word Origin and History for garland

"wreath of flowers," c.1300 (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French garlande, perhaps from Frankish *weron "adorn, bedeck" (cf. Middle High German wieren "adorn, bedeck"), from PIE *wei- "to turn, twist" (see wire).


early 15c., "to make a garland;" 1590s, "to crown with a garland," from garland (n.). Related: Garlanded; garlanding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper