• (RP) enPR: gärʹdən, IPA: /ˈɡɑːdn̩/
  • (GA) enPR: gärʹdən, IPA: /ˈɡɑɹdən/, /-n̩/

garden (plural gardens)

  1. An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes.
    a vegetable garden  a flower garden
    1. (in the plural) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
      You can spend the afternoon walking around the town gardens.
    2. (attributive) Taking place in, or used in, such a garden.
      a garden party;  a garden spade;  a garden path
      • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 5, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
        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.
  2. (UK, Ireland) The grounds#Noun|grounds at the front or back of a house.
    This house has a swimming pool, a tent, a swing set and a fountain in the garden.  We were drinking lemonade and playing croquet in the garden.  Our garden is overgrown with weeds.
  3. (cartomancy) The twentieth Lenormand card.
  4. (figuratively) A cluster; a bunch.
  5. (slang) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
    • 1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at [] 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.
    • N.B. From a commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c. 950 BC; book footnotes are shown here within brackets. Many scholars disagree with this Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of the word's usage in 1995 rather than its intended meaning in 950 BC.
    • c2004, Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at [] on 9 May 2006 -
      Primping and pruning the secret garden might seem like a totally 21st century concept, but the fact is women have gotten into below-the-belt grooming since before the Bronze Age.
  • (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
Translations Translations
  • Italian: orto
  • Russian: огоро́д
Translations Translations Translations Verb

garden (gardens, present participle gardening; past and past participle gardened)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly, North America) to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
    Synonyms: make garden (dated)
    I love to garden — this year I'm going to plant some daffodils.
  2. (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.
    Synonyms: farm
Translations Adjective

garden (not comparable)

  1. Common, ordinary, domesticated.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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