Meaning of “garden” in the English Dictionary

"garden" in British English

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uk /ˈɡɑː.dən/ us /ˈɡɑːr.dən/

A1 [ C ] UK US yard a piece of land next to and belonging to a house, where flowers and other plants are grown, and often containing an area of grass:

a garden shed
The house has a large back garden, and a small front garden.
The children were playing in the garden.

US a piece of land, usually in a yard next to a house, where you grow flowers and vegetables:

a vegetable/flower garden

C1 [ C usually plural ] a public park with flowers, plants, and places to sit:

the Botanical Gardens

More examples

  • We had tea, and afterwards we sat in the garden for a while.
  • They've enlarged the kitchen by building over part of the garden.
  • Keeping a garden tidy is a full-time job.
  • A narrow band of grass separated the greenhouse from the vegetable garden.
  • Council employees are responsible for the upkeep of the gardens.

(Definition of “garden” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"garden" in American English

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gardennoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡɑr·dən/

a piece of land, usually near a home, where flowers and other plants are grown:

We have a vegetable garden.

Gardens are also public places where flowers, trees, and other plants are grown for people to enjoy.

gardenverb [ I ]

us /ˈɡɑrd·ən/

to take care of a garden, as by planting seeds and watering the plants:

You’ve probably never gardened in your life.

(Definition of “garden” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)