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Garlands 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), from or related to Proto-Germanic *wīraz.

Akin to Old High German wieren (to adorn), Old High German wiara (gold thread). More at wire.



garland (plural garlands)

  1. A circular or linear decoration, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration.
  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.
  5. (dated) A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.
    • 1765, Thomas Percy, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry:
      They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands.
  6. The top; the thing most prized.
  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.
    • 2008, Preeta Samarasan, Evening is the Whole Day, Fourth Estate, page 206:
      Anand disembarks like a statesman from the Volkswagen to be garlanded immediately by five different women.
  2. (transitive) To form something into a garland.