One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.
festoon, lei, wreath, chain, loop, ring, circle, swathe, swagView synonyms
- ‘Farm work was broadly defined to include planting, cultivating, harvesting or packing and shipping agricultural produce on a farm or nursery, or making Christmas wreaths or garlands.’
- ‘It usually includes a small bouquet of flowers, a garland, or a small wreath that is placed on the inside lid of the casket for open casket services.’
- ‘The girl was dressed in a white flowing nightgown and wore a garland of flowers.’
- ‘Although the nuchibana song lyrics mention cherry blossoms, the flowers used in the garlands actually depict a type of hibiscus plant indigenous to Okinawa.’
- ‘Some are holding beautiful flower garlands and decorations they hope to offer the sadhus as they pass.’
- ‘Farmworkers' wives and other family members often supplement the household income by making wreaths and garlands from the clippings removed in the shearing process.’
- ‘Near the conference centre it is strung with wreaths and garlands of homemade flowers, created from plastic bags, paper plates and wrapping paper.’
- ‘Winners were crowned with wreath garlands of olive leaves.’
- ‘Politicians and ambassadors placed garlands of flowers in front of it.’
- ‘The golden effigy, with its four faces and many arms, sits in the centre of the shrine, surrounded by a metal fence that is covered with hundreds of garlands of colourful flowers.’
- ‘Every year I make a flower garland for my son to wear at his birthday celebration.’
- ‘Just tie a few together with raffia or ribbon, and hang on the tree or wire onto garlands and wreaths.’
- ‘There were potted trees with lights in them and there were garlands of leaves, flowers and tulle wrapped around the banister on the staircase.’
- ‘One is a very thin, string-like affair representing a garland of tiny lace flowers.’
- ‘Staff will be dressing in shorts, Hawaiian shirts, bikinis, flower garlands and grass skirts, and there will be hula-hooping, hula dancing and limbo competitions in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Unit.’
- ‘Afterwards, officials and people from all walks of life took turns bestowing garlands and bouquets of flowers before a magnificent picture of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, honoring and celebrating the occasion.’
- ‘Whenever festivals were held in honor of these deities they always featured garlands and wreaths created with beautiful, fragrant roses.’
- ‘The garland and the flowers that this figure holds are a good indication that it is the goddess Flora who was supposed to be represented.’
- ‘District chief officer, Surapol Tiensuwan was the first to light incense, after which everyone attending laid bouquets of flowers, wreaths or garlands with sacred offerings in front of the monument.’
- ‘The sacred bamboo rod is bathed in holy water from a golden vessel and wreathed in garlands of fragrant flowers.’
- 1.1dated A prize or distinction.
award, reward, premiumView synonyms
- ‘He insists that, even though he wears the garlands of victory, he must leave the city of Argos in disgrace and return to the oracle of Apollo in the city of Pytho, also called Delphi.’
- ‘The former Education Minister, K. Anbazhagan, who is in the habit of chewing betel leaves, used to be honoured with green garlands.’
- ‘On the ninth day, Aeneas displays the prizes for the competition: tripods, garlands, gold, silver, armor.’
- ‘They also participated in the special prayers conducted for the visitors, who were also honoured with garlands and given ‘prasadam’.’
- ‘Congratulating her in their own personal way were the children who honoured her with hand-made garlands.’
- 1.2archaic A literary anthology or miscellany.
anthology, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, miscellanea, pot-pourriView synonyms
- ‘He put together a 'Garland' of privately printed verses by distinguished poets.’
Adorn or crown with a garland.‘they were garlanded with flowers’
festoon, wreathe, swathe, hang, loop, thread, drape, coverView synonyms
- ‘An enormous tree fills the intimate lobby, and the grand staircase is garlanded and accented with teddy bears.’
- ‘When his play first took to the London stage in 1991, it was garlanded with awards.’
- ‘An early Booker winner, in 1971, for In a Free State, he has been garlanded and honoured by every major prize committee.’
- ‘The Eno series has been garlanded with high praise and rightly so; anything that puts his oeuvre up for discussion has to be worthy.’
- ‘Two musicals adapted from movies, which have both been garlanded with awards on Broadway find their way to the British stage this month.’
- ‘These selections of players to be garlanded are entertaining, but the processes is inevitably flawed.’
- ‘They have been garlanded with a string of national awards and recommendations.’
- ‘As a play it was garlanded with awards, and the film is expected to garner a ‘best picture’ nomination at the Oscars.’
- ‘Villagers enjoyed the sight of the girl garlanding the dog the way a Hindu bride does.’
- ‘His reign as director of the National Theatre, recorded in these diaries, was garlanded with praise and exited to a storm of acclaim.’
- ‘Here the hedges are best, not trimmed in brutal tidiness but rampant with hip-laden roses and garlanded by vivid bryony berries; and sprouting pithy wands of elder, strong grey spears of ash and angular spikes of black berried sloes.’
- ‘The play has been garlanded with praise from bien-pensant opinion.’
- ‘First the groom garlanded the bride and then bent a little so that she could reach up to garland him.’
- ‘This hugely talented Australian group was formed in the late 1970s, but despite being garlanded with critical praise they have never made it terribly big.’
- ‘The women garlanded them with soft, fragrant flowers.’
- ‘Representatives of a few political parties garlanded the statue.’
- ‘The afternoon tea-party for about 40 younger inmates was in the conservatory which was garlanded with artificial flowers, all made by the girls.’
- ‘Tears rolled down the cheeks of onlookers as Rahul garlanded the statue of his grandmother.’
- ‘All were garlanded with flowers, and the plane soon smelled like a florist's.’
- ‘Practically any stationary object within a stone's throw of Princes Street has been garlanded with fairy lights.’
Middle English: from Old French garlande, of unknown origin.
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