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wreath

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noun \ˈrēth\

Simple Definition of wreath

  • : 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

Full Definition of wreath

plural wreaths play \ˈrēthz, ˈrēths\

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  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

Rhymes with wreath



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