wreath

noun
\ ˈrēth \
plural wreaths\ ˈrēt͟hz , ˈrēths \

Definition of wreath

1 : something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: such 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 : 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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The other is a sinuous sheath of silk crepe topped with a huge cumulus whorl or wreath of ruched silk gazar. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018 Make a wreath of huckleberry or boxwood leaves; place it in a flat bowl, and arrange fresh flowers in the center. Maggie O'neill, Good Housekeeping, "25 Practical Tips for Flower Arrangements From 1952," 7 May 2015 Hang a wreath on one of your windows for an easy dose of holiday cheer. Megan Barber, Curbed, "How to decorate your RV for the holidays," 6 Dec. 2018 Every detail here screams out for attention—the bees that adorn Napoleon’s cloak; his laurel-wreath crown; the ivory spheres on each side of his throne. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "Portraiture as Propaganda," 17 Aug. 2018 On display were five wreaths, one for each of those who had died 10 years before. Rick Paulas, New York Times, "The Mass-Shooting Survivor Network," 22 Apr. 2018 In New York, downtown model Camilla Deterre went a more pared-back route, sporting a wreath as a crown. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 15 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: The Kardashians Take a Festive Selfie, JLo Makes Christmas PJs Glam, and More," 29 Dec. 2018 After Princess Estelle puts the finishing touches on a wreath, tying the last knot with pride, her father hangs it on the ceiling of the greenhouse. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar Craft Holiday Decor in a Video from the Swedish Royal Family," 19 Dec. 2018 Paula Lettice decorates a Christmas wreath at her home in Alexandria, Va. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 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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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
literary : something that is shaped like a circle

wreath

noun
\ ˈrēth \
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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