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garland

A garland is a circular arrangement of flowers, worn or hung for decoration. Think of the strings of pine and holly people hang at holiday time, or the ring of roses they put around the Kentucky Derby winner's neck.

First recorded circa 1300, the word garland in the simplest terms means a circle of flowers or other greenery. Hawaiian leis are a type of garland, as are holiday wreaths and the little flower crowns that flower girls wear at weddings. If you want to get spiritual about garlands, you can refer back to this Buddha quote: "Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds."

Definitions of garland
  1. noun
    flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
    synonyms: chaplet, coronal, lei, wreath
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    crown
    a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
    bay wreath, laurel, laurel wreath
    (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
    crown of thorns
    a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
    type of:
    floral arrangement, flower arrangement
    a decorative arrangement of flowers
  2. verb
    adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
    “They garlanded the statue”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  3. noun
    an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
    synonyms: florilegium, miscellany
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    anthology
    a collection of selected literary passages
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