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noun
  1. Chiefly British. truck farm.
  2. (initial capital letters) Military. the Allied code name for the unsuccessful invasion of Holland by British and American airborne and infantry forces on September 17, 1944.
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Origin of market garden

First recorded in 1805–15
Related formsmarket gardener, nounmarket gardening, noun
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Examples from the Web for market garden

Historical Examples

  • He also kept bees and coneys and ran a market-garden of two acres.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts

  • Such a farm must be hand-tilled, and, if skilfully hand-tilled, would certainly produce as much food as a market-garden.

    The Dwelling House

    George Vivian Poore

  • In the market-garden business jobs were endless, especially in spring.

  • When nothing else was to be done, I have worked in many a market-garden afore now, and in many a hop-garden too.'

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • Compared with Sorrento itself, the plain is but a great orchard or market-garden.

    The Mediterranean

    T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths


British Dictionary definitions for market garden

market garden

noun
  1. mainly British an establishment where fruit and vegetables are grown for sale
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Derived Formsmarket gardener, noun
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