One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An open space surrounded by cloisters.
- ‘Real craftsmen embellished most of their garths.’
- ‘We found a stone wall-bench under an arcade of the cloister garth.’
- ‘The interior - a quadrangle of rooms giving off an overgrown cloister garth - had something of the air of Custer's Last Stand.’
- ‘In the centre was a courtyard or open garth kept clear of structures, although sometimes arranged as a garden or burial ground.’
- 1.1archaic A yard or garden.
piece of land, plotView synonyms
- ‘Alastair Oswald, a landscape investigator for English Heritage, said the foundations of the former York Archbishop's Palace lay beneath the garth.’
- ‘A small court, yard, garth or piece of ground attached to a dwelling house, and forming one enclosure with it, or so regarded by the law; the area attached to and containing a dwelling house and its outbuildings.’
- ‘He wanted to ask Michael to describe the place, but at the same time his private vision of the old wooden building with its cobblestone courtyard and garth of blossoming apple trees was so clear in every detail that it could only be the truth.’
Middle English (also, in early use, denoting a hollow): from Old Norse garthr; related to yard.
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