\ ˈrēth How to pronounce wreath (audio) \
plural wreaths\ ˈrēt͟hz How to pronounce wreaths (audio) , ˈrēths How to pronounce wreaths (audio) \

Definition of wreath

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

Examples of wreath in a Sentence

The President laid a wreath of flowers on the hero's grave. The ancient Romans awarded laurel wreaths to winners of athletic contests. Every December, I put a Christmas wreath on my front door.
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While her husband wrapped each of the frames in pretty white and gold polka dot paper—quick shout out to him for being able to wrap so neatly—Caitlin crafted tiny handmade wreaths. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Why People Are Wrapping Their Artwork In Christmas Paper," 11 Dec. 2018 Additionally, Prince Philip's wreath will be presented by an equerry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Charles Is Laying a Wreath on Queen Elizabeth's Behalf This Morning," 11 Nov. 2018 Participants in the ceremony will present memorial wreaths, Heredia said. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford County communities will observe Memorial Day Monday," 27 May 2018 The Start of the Christmas Tree Whenever a winter solstice came around, the ancient Egyptians would decorate their temples and homes with evergreen trees and wreaths as a form of celebration. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Danielle Charles, whose husband, Senior Airman Gilnord Charles, died during training Jan. 14, 2011, participated in the Gold Star wreath laying, along with Taylor. David Anderson, The Aegis, "APG commander honors fallen military, police at Aberdeen Memorial Day ceremony," 29 May 2018 On Sunday evening, the nightly ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier resumed, with veterans rekindling the torch and laying wreaths to commemorate the World War I dead. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Paris Rioting Puts Macron’s Economic Overhaul to the Test," 2 Dec. 2018 The observance will include music, speeches, wreath laying and a 21-gun salute, said Nita Walden, a spokeswoman for Dulaney Valley. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson pastor, National Guard chaplain to speak about sacrifice at Memorial Day ceremony," 21 May 2018 Police blocked roads leading to the square but allowed small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths and flowers at monuments there. BostonGlobe.com, "Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of wreath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wreath

Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha; akin to Old English wrīthan to twist — more at writhe

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English Language Learners 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
literary : something that is shaped like a circle


\ ˈrēth How to pronounce wreath (audio) \
plural wreaths\ ˈrēt͟hz , ˈrēths \

Kids Definition of wreath

: something twisted or woven into a circular shape a wreath of flowers a wreath of smoke

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