Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A grassy quadrangle surrounded by cloisters.
  • noun Archaic A yard, garden, or paddock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A close; a yard; a garden.
  • noun A dam or weir for catching fish.
  • noun A hoop or band.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A close; a yard; a croft; a garden.
  • noun A dam or weir for catching fish.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A hoop or band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A grassy quadrangle surrounded by cloisters
  • noun A clearing in the woods; as such, part of many placenames in northern England
  • noun paganism A group or a household dedicated to the pagan faith Heathenry.
  • noun paganism A word for a location or sacred space, as used in ritual and poetry in modern Heathenry.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, enclosed yard, from Old Norse gardhr; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old Norse garðr (cognate with Old English ġeard, whence English yard).

Examples

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  • In castle architecture, a courtyard or internal enclosure, open to the sky.

    August 25, 2008

  • from which the word "garden"

    August 25, 2008

  • "So the little houses is all forsook. They have big garths round them, and pasture for grass-letting—sheep and that—and grand hayfields."

    - "Bell and Harry" by Jane Gardam, in The Hollow Land, p 11 of the Europa Editions paperback

    April 15, 2015

  • In seasons when sunlight is sparse

    The Princess stays in by the hearth.

    When Winter is gone

    And sun soaks the lawn

    Her court will disport on the garth.

    November 14, 2018