[gahr-dn] /ˈgɑr dn/
a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area:
a public garden.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
British. 2 (def 1).
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden:
fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
verb (used without object)
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
to cultivate as a garden.
lead up / down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude:
The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate’s promises seriously.
(often pl) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
(modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
(informal) lead a person up the garden path, to mislead or deceive a person
(informal) common or garden, ordinary; unexceptional
to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
c.1300, from Old North French gardin (13c., Modern French jardin), from Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus “enclosed garden,” via Frankish *gardo, from Proto-Germanic *gardaz- (cf. Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gardo, Old High German garto, German Garten “garden,” Old English geard “enclosure,” see yard (n.1)). Italian giardino, Spanish jardin are from French.
Garden-party is by 1843. Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928. To lead someone up the garden path “entice, deceive” is attested by 1925.
1570s, from garden (n.). Related: Gardened; gardening.
mentioned in Scripture, of Eden (Gen. 2:8, 9); Ahab’s garden of herbs (1 Kings 21:2); the royal garden (2 Kings 21:18); the royal garden at Susa (Esther 1:5); the garden of Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:41); of Gethsemane (John 18:1). The “king’s garden” mentioned 2 Kings 25:4, Neh. 3:15, was near the Pool of Siloam. Gardens were surrounded by hedges of thorns (Isa. 5:5) or by walls of stone (Prov. 24:31). “Watch-towers” or “lodges” were also built in them (Isa. 1:8; Mark 12:1), in which their keepers sat. On account of their retirement they were frequently used as places for secret prayer and communion with God (Gen. 24:63; Matt. 26:30-36; John 1:48; 18:1, 2). The dead were sometimes buried in gardens (Gen. 23:19, 20; 2 Kings 21:18, 26; 1 Sam. 25:1; Mark 15:46; John 19:41). (See PARADISE.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with garden
- Garden snail
noun 1. any of several land snails common in gardens, where they may become pests, esp Helix aspersa, and sometimes including Cepaea nemoralis, common in woods and hedgerows
noun 1. New Jersey (used as a nickname).
- Garden suburb
noun 1. (Brit) a suburb of a large established town or city, planned along the lines of a garden city
[gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee] /ˈgɑr dn vəˌraɪ ɪ ti/ adjective 1. common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional. adjective Of the usual kind; ordinary; run-of-the-mill (1928+)