Definition of garland in English:


Line breaks: gar|land
Pronunciation: /ˈgɑːlənd


  • 1A wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • He put together a 'Garland' of privately printed verses by distinguished poets.


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

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