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A garland of flowers


From Middle English garland, garlaunde, gerland, from Old French garlande, garlaunde, gerlande, guerlande (compare French guirlande), from Frankish *wierlōn, *wieralōn, a frequentative form of Frankish wierōn ‎(to adorn, bedeck), from *wiera ‎(a gold thread), akin to Old High German wieren ‎(to adorn), Old High German wiara ‎(gold thread). More at wire.


garland ‎(plural garlands)

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  1. A wreath, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration.
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  2. An accolade or mark of honour.
  3. (mining) A metal gutter placed round a mineshaft on the inside, to catch water running down inside the shaft and run it into a drainpipe.
  4. The crown of a monarch.
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  5. (dated) A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.
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      They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands.
  6. The top; the thing most prized.
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  7. (nautical) A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provisions in.
  8. (nautical) A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.


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garland ‎(third-person singular simple present garlands, present participle garlanding, simple past and past participle garlanded)

  1. (transitive) To deck or ornament something with a garland
  2. (transitive) To form something into a garland