from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wreath or festoon, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration.
- n. A representation of such a wreath or festoon, used as an architectural ornament or heraldic device.
- n. A mark of honor or tribute; an accolade: received garlands of praise.
- n. Nautical A ring or collar of rope used to hoist spars or prevent fraying.
- n. An anthology, as of ballads or poems.
- transitive v. To ornament or deck with a garland.
- transitive v. To form into a garland.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wreath, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration
- n. An accolade or mark of honour
- n. coalminers' jargon a metal gutter placed round a mine shaft on the inside, to catch water running down inside the shaft and run it into a drainpipe
- v. To deck or ornament something with a garland
- v. To form something into a garland
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The crown of a king.
- n. A wreath of chaplet made of branches, flowers, or feathers, and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown; a coronal; a wreath.
- n. The top; the thing most prized.
- n. A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.
- n. A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provision in.
- n. A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.
- transitive v. To deck with a garland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 1. A royal crown; a diadem; any crown, as, figuratively, of martyrdom.
- n. A wreath; a string of flowers or leaves, intended to be festooned or hung round a person or an object for ornament in token of festivity, or to be worn as a wreath or chaplet on the head: in the latter case, often conferred in former times as a mark of admiration or honor, especially for poetic or artistic excellence.
- n. Hence— A string or series of literary gems; a collection of choice short pieces in poetry or prose; an anthology.
- n. Figuratively, the top; the principal thing, or thing most prized.
- n. In heraldry, same as chaplet, 3.
- n. A sort of bag of network, having the mouth extended by a hoop, used by sailors instead of a locker or cupboard to hold provisions.
- n. In mining, a wooden or cast-iron curb set in the walling of a shaft, to catch and carry away any water coming down its sides.
- n. Nautical, a name given to a band, collar, or grommet of ropes, used for various purposes.
- To deck with a garland or garlands.
- To make into a wreath or garland.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a city in northeastern Texas (suburb of Dallas)
- v. adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
- n. United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
- n. flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
- n. an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
Middle English, from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gerlande (compare French guirlande). (Wiktionary)