Italian Word of the Day: Ghirlanda (wreath / garland)

The Italian word for wreath or garland is ghirlanda. Although its origin is uncertain, it is thought that it might derive from the Provençal word guirlanda.

/ghir·làn·da/
cover image with the word “ghirlanda” and its translation written on a notepad next to a cup of coffee

Ghirlanda is a feminine noun whose plural form is ghirlande.

la ghirlanda
the wreath

una ghirlanda
a wreath

le ghirlande
the wreaths

delle ghirlande
(some) wreaths

Lucia sta attaccando una ghirlanda fatta a mano sulla porta.

Lucia is putting a handmade wreath on the door.


christmas wreath on green door
Una ghirlanda sulla porta d’ingresso. = A garland on the entrance door.

Some different kinds of wreaths include:

  • una ghirlanda natalizia = a Christmas wreath
  • una ghirlanda d’alloro = a laurel wreath
  • una ghirlanda di margherite = a daisy chain
  • una ghirlanda commemorativa = a memorial wreath

Mi insegni a intrecciare una ghirlanda di fiori?

Can you teach me how to weave a flower garland?


From this word derives the uncommon noun ghirlandaio, which means a person who makes or sell garlands.

There are also the verbs ghirlandare / ghirlandarsi or inghirlandare / inghirlandarsi that mean to decorate with garlands or to wear a garland. They are not very common either.

Italian young graduated boy with the triumphal laurel wreath on his head.
Marco si è appena laureato e indossa una ghirlanda d’alloro. = Marco just graduated and is wearing a laurel wreath.

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