noun \ˈrēth\

: an arrangement of leaves or flowers in the shape of a circle that is worn or placed as a sign of honor or victory

: an arrangement of leaves, flowers, fruits, etc., in the shape of a circle that is used for decoration

: something that is shaped like a circle

plural wreaths \ˈthz, ˈrēths\

Full Definition of WREATH

:  something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: as
a :  a band of intertwined flowers or leaves worn as a mark of honor or victory :  garland <a laurel wreath>
b :  a decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base <a Christmas wreath>
:  something having a circular or coiling form <a wreath of smoke>

Examples of WREATH

  1. The President laid a wreath of flowers on the hero's grave.
  2. The ancient Romans awarded laurel wreaths to winners of athletic contests.
  3. Every December, I put a Christmas wreath on my front door.

Origin of WREATH

Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha; akin to Old English wrīthan to twist — more at writhe
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with WREATH


Next Word in the Dictionary: wreathe
Previous Word in the Dictionary: wreakful
All Words Near: wreath

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up wreath? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).