[gahr-luh nd]


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.

verb (used with object)

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garlanded

Historical Examples of garlanded

  • The one most honored as the president of the meeting was crowned and garlanded.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • How fair and fresh and beautiful she was, garlanded with flowers and radiantly happy.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Then the gods came forth from their hiding place, and garlanded Siva.

  • They are then led into the house, and garlanded with jasmine or Nerium flowers.

  • She bare a mirror in her hand, and she was crowned and garlanded.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

British Dictionary definitions for garlanded



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)



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

C14: from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garlanded



"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