wreath

noun
\ ˈrēth How to pronounce wreath (audio) \
plural wreaths\ ˈrēt͟hz How to pronounce wreath (audio) , ˈrēths How to pronounce wreath (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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Recent Examples on the Web Wherever there is a cobalt blue window frame, there is surely a bushy wreath of vibrant red chiles nailed to it. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 At the front entrance of the capitol, Kennedy and Burke Marshall made their way around a wreath of red and white carnations and a Confederate flag marking the place where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederacy. Patricia Sullivan, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 In the church, an urn with his ashes rested in a wreath of flowers next to a photo of Mr. Gismondi holding a lobster, one of his favorite foods. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The coffin was draped in his personal standard and topped with his Royal Navy cap, sword and a wreath of flowers. Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, Chron, 17 Apr. 2021 The coffin was draped in his personal standard and topped with his Royal Navy cap, sword and a wreath of flowers. Arkansas Online, 17 Apr. 2021 The coffin was draped in Philip’s personal standard, and topped with his Royal Navy cap and sword and a wreath of flowers. Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Sitting on top of this flag was a wreath of white roses and lilies selected by the Queen. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2021 According to Buckingham Palace, the Prince's naval cap and sword will lay on his coffin, alongside the flag of his personal royal standard and a wreath of flowers. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of wreath was before the 12th century

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“Wreath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreath. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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wreath

noun

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
: something that is shaped like a circle

wreath

noun
\ 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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