garden

[gahr-dn]
noun
  1. a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
  2. 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.
  3. a fertile and delightful spot or region.
  4. British. yard2(def 1).
adjective
  1. pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
  2. garden-variety.
verb (used without object)
  1. to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cultivate as a garden.
Idioms
  1. 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

1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2
Related formsgar·den·a·ble, adjectivegar·den·less, adjectivegar·den·like, adjectiveun·gar·dened, adjectivewell-gar·dened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lead up the garden path

garden

noun
  1. British
    1. an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a houseUS and Canadian word: yard
    2. (as modifier)a garden chair
    1. an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
    2. (as modifier)garden tools Related adjective: horticultural
  2. (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a parkbotanical gardens
    1. a fertile and beautiful region
    2. (as modifier)a garden paradise
  3. (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardensa garden flat
  4. lead a person up the garden path informal to mislead or deceive a person
adjective
  1. common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional
verb
  1. to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
Derived Formsgardenless, adjectivegarden-like, adjective

Word Origin for garden

C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard ² (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for lead up the garden path

garden

n.

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.

garden

v.

1570s, from garden (n.). Related: Gardened; gardening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lead up the garden path

lead up the garden path

see lead down the garden path.

garden

In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path
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