American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To ornament or deck with a garland.
- v. To form into a garland.
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. A large rope strap or grommet lashed to a spar when hoisting it on board.
- To deck with a garland or garlands.
- To make into a wreath or garland.
- 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. transitive To deck or ornament something with a garland
- v. transitive To form something into a garland
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete 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.
- v. To deck with a garland.
- 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.
- From Old French gerlande (compare French guirlande). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term garland was also technically used to signify a crown of precious metal, often adorned with gems, made for the arrangement of natural or artificial flowers before the altar or sacred image at festival times.”
“The beach garland is sunburned, a silt shopworn, hot, as well as full of waste -- no place for upon foot barefoot.”
“Her garland is tangled in a string of pearls and her father is aghast as she snaps the string and "amid a shower of pearls," the flowers fall.”
“Keeping in mind that a garland is a traditional symbol of a young girl's virginity, here are the final lines: True, mother, true.”
“It took a large number of lehua flowers to suffice for a wreath, and to bind them securely to the fillet that made them a garland was a work demanding not only artistic skill hut time and patience.”
“As she passed the marble Dancing Girl, she seized the wreath that was thrown over its arm, and as she went circling round, it seemed as if the tune had become a visible spirit, and that the garland was a floating accompaniment to its graceful motions.”
“I knew that thou wouldst go abroad to-day, so I made this for thee in the morning; and when I was young I was called the garland-maker.”
“On the top of the garland was the model of a ship, full-rigged, with sails set and colours flying.”
“The BSP leaders in Lucknow pointed out that there was no need for an inquiry, as the garland was a gift from party workers.”
“A garland is a wreath, but we may take the phrase to mean 'wreathed garlands': comp. "twisted braids," l.”
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