Definition of garland in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːlənd/


1A wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.
Example sentences
  • District chief officer, Surapol Tiensuwan was the first to light incense, after which everyone attending laid bouquets of flowers, wreaths or garlands with sacred offerings in front of the monument.
  • Winners were crowned with wreath garlands of olive leaves.
  • Staff will be dressing in shorts, Hawaiian shirts, bikinis, flower garlands and grass skirts, and there will be hula-hooping, hula dancing and limbo competitions in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Unit.
2 dated A prize or distinction.
Example sentences
  • On the ninth day, Aeneas displays the prizes for the competition: tripods, garlands, gold, silver, armor.
  • They also participated in the special prayers conducted for the visitors, who were also honoured with garlands and given ‘prasadam’.
  • The former Education Minister, K. Anbazhagan, who is in the habit of chewing betel leaves, used to be honoured with green garlands.
3 archaic A literary anthology or miscellany.
Example sentences
  • He put together a 'Garland' of privately printed verses by distinguished poets.


[with object]
Decorate with a garland: they were garlanded with flowers
More example sentences
  • This hugely talented Australian group was formed in the late 1970s, but despite being garlanded with critical praise they have never made it terribly big.
  • The afternoon tea-party for about 40 younger inmates was in the conservatory which was garlanded with artificial flowers, all made by the girls.
  • His reign as director of the National Theatre, recorded in these diaries, was garlanded with praise and exited to a storm of acclaim.


Middle English: from Old French garlande, of unknown origin.

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