From Proto-Germanic *gardaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰórdʰos or *ǵʰortós. Cognate with Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gard, gardo, Dutch gaard, Old High German gart (obsolete German Gart), Old Norse garðr (Icelandic garður, Swedish and Danish gård), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌳𐍃 (gards). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin hortus, Ancient Greek χόρτος (khórtos), Proto-Slavic *gord (Old Church Slavonic градъ (gradŭ), Russian го́род (górod, “town”)), Lithuanian gardas, Albanian gardh (“fence”).
- enclosure, an enclosed place
- yard, garden
- dwelling, court
- region, land
- Brade synd on worulde grene geardas: in the world are broad green regions.