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verb (used with object)
  1. to gather or deposit in or as if in a granary or other storage place.
  2. to get; acquire; earn: He gradually garnered a national reputation as a financial expert.
  3. to gather, collect, or hoard.
  1. a granary or grain bin.
  2. a store or supply of anything.

Origin of garner

1125–75; Middle English garner, gerner < Old French gernier, grenier < Latin grānārium granary; see -er2
Related formsun·gar·nered, adjective


  1. John Nance [nans] /næns/, 1868–1967, vice president of the U.S. 1933–41. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of garner

  • It was also said to the same persons, Gather the wheat into my garner.


    James Anthony Froude

  • And, besides, 'tis good to garner in excess when the granaries of a country are empty.


    Emile Zola

  • When he left Jessie's couch he found Mr. Garner awaiting him in the library.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • It was almost midnight when Doctor Schimpf arrived at the Garner mansion.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • It was Mrs. Garner who told about it while the family were gathered about the tea-table.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

British Dictionary definitions for garner


verb (tr)
  1. to gather or store in or as if in a granary
  1. an archaic word for granary
  2. archaic a place for storage or safekeeping

Word Origin for garner

C12: from Old French gernier granary, from Latin grānārium, from grānum grain


  1. Erroll. 1921–77, US jazz pianist and composer, noted for the jazz standard 'Misty' (1954)
  2. Helen. born 1942. Australian novelist and journalist. Her books include the novels Monkey Grip (1977), The Idea of Perfection (2002), The Children's Bach (1984), and The Spare Room (2008), and the nonfiction The First Stone (1995)
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Word Origin and History for garner

late 12c., gerner, from Old French gernier, metathesized variant of grenier "storehouse, loft for grain," from Latin granarium "a store-house" (see granary).


late 15c., from garner (n.). Related: Garnered; garnering.

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