Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To encircle or deck with or as if with a garland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To encircle with a garland or garlands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To encircle with a garland, or with garlands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To encircle with a garland.

Etymologies

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en- +‎ garland: compare French enguirlander.

Examples

  • Unrebuked, the skies now reveal the brightness of day, now shroud the daylight in the darkness of night; the year may now engarland the face of the earth with flowers and fruits, now disfigure it with storms and cold.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • Emulously they renew the feast, and, glad at the high omen, array the flagons and engarland the wine.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • Which doth the earth engarland, shapes its course,

    Paradise. Canto IX

  • Often mists from the Elbe rose mystically to engarland the crenelated castles here and there on the heights.

    Villa Elsa A Story of German Family Life

  • The least excuse was taken to engarland piously the doors of houses with branches, to bleed the sacrificial pig, or slaughter the lamb.

    Saint Augustin

  • With a laurel wreath woven by no mortal hand shall she at Reims engarland happily the gardener of the Lily, named Charles, son of

    The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2

  • So that since the excellencies of it may be so easily and so justly confirmed, and the low-creeping objections so soon trodden down: it not being an art of lies, but of true doctrine; not of effeminateness, but of notable stirring of courage; not of abusing man’s wit, but of strengthening man’s wit; not banished, but honored by Plato; let us rather plant more laurels for to engarland our poets’ heads—which honor of being laureate, as besides them only triumphant captains were, is a sufficient authority to show the price they ought to be held in—than suffer the ill-savored breath of such wrong speakers once to blow upon the clear springs of poesy.

    The Defense of Poesy

  • When she looked on the beautiful, glorified countenance of her son, and thought of that which he was and on what he would become; when she thought on the laurels which would engarland his beloved head, on the future which awaited her favourite, her summer child -- Oh! then bloomed the high summer of maternal joy in her breast, and she revelled in a nameless happiness -- a happiness so great that she was almost anxious, because it appeared to her too great to be borne on earth!

    The Home

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