Definition of garden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡärd(ə)n/


1A piece of ground, often near a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables.
Example sentences
  • 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.
yard, plot, bed, patch, lawn;
flower bed, flower garden, vegetable garden, herb garden;
victory garden
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.
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.


[no object]
Cultivate or work in a garden.
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.


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

  • 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.

Words that rhyme with garden

Baden, Baden-Baden, Coloradan, harden, lardon, Nevadan, pardon tea

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Syllabification: gar·den

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