- 1. noun /ˈɡɑːdən,ˈɡɑːrdən/a) An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food (vegetable garden) or ornamental purposes (flower garden).
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. (A commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c950 BC; book footnotes shown here bracketed within the text; many scholars disagree with the Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of usage in 1995 rather than intended meaning in 950 BC.)b) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
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.2. verb /ˈɡɑːdən,ˈɡɑːrdən/a) to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
I love to garden — this year Im going to plant some daffodils.b) of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.3. adjective /ˈɡɑːdən,ˈɡɑːrdən/a) Of, relating to, in, from or for use in a garden.
garden salad (= a salad from a garden)b) Common, ordinary, domesticated.
garden shed (= a shed in a garden)