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garden

Line breaks: gar¦den
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːd(ə)n
 
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Definition of garden in English:

noun

1chiefly British A piece of ground adjoining a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables: a herb garden [as modifier]: a garden gate
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  • What if you don't want to give up space in the flower garden to grow fruit, or if your soil is too poor?
  • The patch of ground she was sweeping is now a smart lawn rimmed with flowers and a vegetable garden.
  • To extend the growing season, he said his students also grow flowers in the garden's border.
Synonyms
piece of land, plot;
park, estate, grounds;
North American yard
archaic garth
1.1 (gardens) Ornamental grounds laid out for public enjoyment and recreation: botanical gardens
More example sentences
  • The water department is trying to recycle these sources of waste water for further use, such as watering parks and public gardens or street-cleaning.
  • We've got a beautiful arboretum and gorgeous public gardens and a world class aquarium and nature trails and historical mansions.
  • Private gardens, public parks, tall avenue trees, lake and ponds; these are the features of Bangalore than multiplexes and neon signs.
1.2 [in names] British A street or square: Burlington Gardens
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  • The large house on the left hand from Burlington garden was built, on a design of the Earl of that title, for him.
2 [in names] North American A large public hall: Madison Square Garden
More example sentences
  • There is a mystique about Madison Square Garden that makes it a special place for many NHL players.

verb

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Cultivate or work in a garden: she wrote books, kept journals, and gardened
More example sentences
  • Believe it or not, although I have gardened for years on a property that contains plants from fruit trees through small alpines, I do not own a pressure sprayer.
  • In the fifteen years I've gardened in the desert I have yet to find a variety of tomato meant for fresh-off-the-vine eating that produces as reliably and abundantly as this classic example of a hybrid plant variety.
  • If you've gardened for more than a season or two you have almost certainly run into this concept, and learned that it is a straightforward process that gradually acclimates the seedling to life in the great outdoors.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Northern French gardin, variant of Old French jardin, of Germanic origin; related to yard2.

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  • Garden comes from Old French jardin and has an ancient root that is also the ancestor of yard. You can say everything in the garden is lovely (or rosy) when all is well. This early 20th-century catchphrase originated in a song made popular by the English music hall star Marie Lloyd ( 1870–1922). If someone makes you believe something that is not true by giving you misleading clues or signals, they can be said to be leading you up the garden path. The phrase was first used in the early 20th century in the form lead you up the garden, suggesting that the original idea was of someone enticing a person they wanted to seduce or flirt with into a garden, away from the safety of the house.

Phrases

everything in the garden is rosy

1
British Everything is satisfactory.
Example sentences
  • Hopefully, the Safer Communities Partnership will develop strategies which will really make a difference to our community, rather than trying to make us think everything in the garden is rosy when it clearly isn't.
  • The manager admitted: ‘That is now just one defeat in 13 and everything in the garden is rosy because we enjoy winning football matches.’
  • He parades his broadmindedness, yet asserts that of course, nonetheless, not everything in the garden is rosy - that you can't just tolerate everything.

the garden of England

2
A very fertile region of England, in particular Kent or the Vale of Evesham.
Example sentences
  • It would seem the French have finally accepted that we have the perfect terrain and climate right here in Kent, the garden of England, for producing world-class bubbly.
  • If I were responsible for looking after Kent, the garden of England, it'd be full of weeds.
  • If Kent is the garden of England, this hallowed stretch of coastline is its water feature.

Words that rhyme with garden

Baden, Baden-Baden, Coloradan, harden, lardon, Nevadan, pardonWiesbadenbeartea

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