English - Etymology
From Middle English garden, from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French gardin (compare modern French jardin from Old French jardin), diminutive (compare Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus) or oblique form of *gard (compare Old French jart), from Old Low Frankish *gardin, *gardo (“fenced in yard, garden”) (compare Dutch gaarde, gaard), from Proto-Germanic *gardô (compare West Frisian gard, Low German Goorn, German Garten), from Proto-Germanic *gardaz (“yeard”). More at yard.
English - Pronunciation
- enPR: gärʹdən, IPA(key): /ˈɡɑː(ɹ)dən/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)dən
English - Noun
An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes.
- (in the plural) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
(attributive) Taking place in, or used in, such a garden.
1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter5:
- The garden parties of pre-1914 were something to be remembered. Everyone was dressed up to the nines, high-heeled shoes, muslin frocks with blue sashes, large leghorn hats with drooping roses. There were lovely ices […] with every kind of cream cake, of sandwich, of éclair, and peaches, muscat grapes, and nectarines.
- 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter5:
- The grounds at the front or back of a house.
- (figuratively) A cluster, a bunch.
(slang) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at etext.org on 9 May 2006
- Blow on my garden [speaking of her genitalia], so the spices of it may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden [her pubic area] and eat His pleasant fruits. (A commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c950 BC; book footnotes shown here bracketed within the text; many scholars disagree with the Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of usage in 1995 rather than intended meaning in 950 BC.)
- c2004, Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at haircaredownthere.com on 9 May 2006 -
- 2006, Guest on Female First Forum at femalefirst.co.uk posting on Fashionable to shave the pubic area?? viewed on 9 May 2006
- 1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at etext.org on 9 May 2006
- (decorative place outside):
- (gardens with public access): park, public gardens
- (grounds at the front or back of a house): yard (US)
- (the pubic hair): See pubic hair
- back garden
- castle garden
- flower garden
- front garden
- garden party
- garden path
- herb garden
- market garden
- public gardens
- rose garden
- vegetable garden
- zoological garden, zoological gardens
English - Verb
- (intransitive, chiefly Canada, US) to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
- (intransitive, cricket) of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.