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)
- A wreath, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration.
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- An accolade or mark of honour.
- (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.
- The crown of a monarch.
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- (dated) A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology.
- They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands.
- The top; the thing most prized.
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- (nautical) A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provisions in.
- (nautical) A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.
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- (transitive) To deck or ornament something with a garland
- (transitive) To form something into a garland