1. The crown of a king.
2. A wreath of chaplet made of branches, flowers, or feathers, and sometimes of precious stones, to be worn on the head like a crown; a coronal; a wreath.
3. The top; the thing most prized.
4. A book of extracts in prose or poetry; an anthology. They [ballads] began to be collected into little miscellanies under the name of garlands. (Percy)
5. A sort of netted bag used by sailors to keep provision in. A grommet or ring of rope lashed to a spar for convenience in handling.
Origin: oe. Garland, gerlond, OF. Garlande, f. Guirlande; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. Wiara, wiera, crown, pure gold, MHG. Wieren to adorn.