1. a. A wreath or festoon, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body
or draped as decoration.
b. A representation of such a wreath or festoon, used as an architectural ornament or
2. A mark of honour or tribute: an accolade: received garlands of praise.
3. Nautical – A ring or collar of rope used to hoist spars or prevent fraying.
4. An anthology, as of ballads or poems.
tr.v. gar-land-ed, gar-land-ing, gar-lands
1. To ornament or deck with a garland.
2. To form into a garland.
[ Middle English, from Old French garlande, perhaps of Germanic origin; see wei- in Indo-European roots.]