- 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.
- a representation of such a wreath or festoon.
- a collection of short literary pieces, as poems and ballads; literary miscellany.
- Nautical. a band, collar, or grommet, as of rope.
- to crown with a garland; deck with garlands.
Origin of garland
- Ham·lin [ham-lin] /ˈhæm lɪn/, 1860–1940, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
- JudyFrances Gumm, 1922–69, U.S. singer and actress.
- a city in NE Texas, near Dallas.
- a male or female given name.
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Contemporary Examples of garland
“Veterans choose the University of Phoenix,” said Garland Williams, its vice president for military affairs.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
Perhaps the people who want Garland out just wish ASU could be as all-black as possible.Is John Garland Guilty of Teaching While White at Alabama State?
June 20, 2014
She drew round the verses a garland of flowers, and signed it with her pet name, Lorchen.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer
January 26, 2014
Make sure you notice the garland, Funk said encouragingly, “It was embroidered by women in Ohio.”Obamas Deck the White House Halls
November 28, 2012
Garland, who became estranged from her mother, described her as “no good for anything except to create chaos and fear.”A Modern Family Drama: Behind the Ariel Winter Abuse Allegations
Christine Pelisek, Maria Elena Fernandez
November 9, 2012
Historical Examples of garland
They attire themselves with care, they braid the garland, and they tune the pipe.Imogen
Woe to those who must gather the garland of pain—which is remorse-after death!The Golden Fountain
He is led in drunk, and welcomed by Agathon, whom he has come to crown with a garland.Symposium
This kind of garland is made also of ivy, with small red balls.
It were, indeed, to weave Cyprus with the garland of the Bride!Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
- a wreath or festoon of flowers, leaves, etc, worn round the head or neck or hung up
- a representation of such a wreath, as in painting, sculpture, etc
- a collection of short literary pieces, such as ballads or poems; miscellany or anthology
- nautical a ring or grommet of rope
- (tr) to deck or adorn with a garland or garlands
Word Origin for garland
- 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)
"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.