garner vs granary what difference

what is difference between garner and granary



From Middle English gerner, from Old French gernier, guernier, variant of grenier, from Latin grānārium (granary). Doublet of granary.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑː.nə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːɹ.nɚ/
  • Homophone (non-rhotic accents only): Ghana
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)nə(r)


garner (plural garners)

  1. A granary; a store of grain.
    • That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets.
    • Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
  2. An accumulation, supply, store, or hoard of something.
    • a. 1912, Voltairine de Cleyre, Death Shall Not Part Ye More
      Master, I bring from many wanderings,
      The gathered garner of my years to thee;
      One precious fruit of many rain-blown springs
      And sun-shod summers, ripened over-sea.



garner (third-person singular simple present garners, present participle garnering, simple past and past participle garnered) (transitive)

  1. To reap grain, gather it up, and store it in a granary.
  2. To gather, amass, hoard, as if harvesting grain.
    • 1835, Honoré de Balzac, The Lily of the Valley, Chapter 2
      I walked enormous distances…garnering thoughts even from the heather.
    • 1913, “Anton Berlage” in Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913
      He garnered the fruit of his studies in seven volumes.
    • 1956, Andrew North, Plague Ship, Chapter 14
      …its fleet went out to garner in the elusive but highly succulent fish.
  3. (often figuratively) To earn; to get; to accumulate or acquire by some effort or due to some fact
    Synonyms: reap, gain
    He garnered a reputation as a language expert.
    Her new book garnered high praise from the critics.
    His poor choices garnered him a steady stream of welfare checks.
    • 1983, Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5031
      This country will never forget nor fail to honor those who have so courageously garnered our highest regard.
    • 1999, Bill Clinton, Proclamation 7259
      President Roosevelt garnered the support of our working men and women…
  4. (rare) To gather or become gathered; to accumulate or become accumulated; to become stored.
    • 1849, Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H., verse 82
      For this alone on Death I wreak / The wrath that garners in my heart;

Usage notes

The “earn, acquire, accumulate” sense should be read as a figurative extension of the original “harvest, gather” sense, sometimes with some inanimate achievement or choice metaphorically doing the “gathering”, as “The new book garnered high praise“, or with an indirect object, as, “The new book garnered the author high praise“. In this sense, the achievement, choice, or fact is actively gathering something, positive or negative, for its creator, even if that choice is inaction, as in “Failure to try can garner you the disapproval of the industrious“.


  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:garner.



  • Garren, Graner, Ranger, ranger



garner n

  1. indefinite plural of garn

Norwegian Bokmål



  1. imperative of garnere



Borrowed from Latin grānārium (16th century). Equivalent to grain +‎ -ary. Doublet of garner.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹænəɹi/


granary (plural granaries or (obsolete) granarys)

  1. (agriculture) A storage facility for grain or sometimes animal feed.
  2. (figuratively) A fertile, grain-growing region.


  • (fertile region): breadbasket, rice bowl

Derived terms

  • granary bread


See also

  • silo
  • grain elevator

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