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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gar•den /ˈgɑrdən/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
adj. [before a noun]
relating to, produced in, or suitable for growing or use in a garden:garden vegetables.
v. [no object]
to cultivate a garden:loves to garden.
- a plot or area of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are grown.
- [often plural] a piece of ground or other space used as a park or other public recreation area.
- a fertile and delightful spot or region:a garden in the wilderness.
gar•den•er, n. [countable]
- Idiomslead (someone) down or up the garden path, to mislead through false hopes or promises of reward;
a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area:a public garden.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
[Brit.]yard2 (def. 1).
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden:fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
Idiomslead up or down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way;
delude:The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
to cultivate as a garden.
- Gmc; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2
- Old North French gardin, Old French jardin
- Middle English gardin 1300–50
MonarchyMary, 1877–1967, U.S. soprano.
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garden /ˈɡɑːdən/ n
- Brit an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house
US and Canadian word: yard
- (as modifier): a garden chair
- an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
- (as modifier): garden tools
Related adjective(s): horticultural
- (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
- a fertile and beautiful region
- (as modifier): a garden paradise
- (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
- lead a person up the garden path ⇒ informal to mislead or deceive a person
- common or garden ⇒ informal ordinary; unexceptional
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)ˈgardenless adj ˈgarden-ˌlike adj
- to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
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