plural wreaths ˈrēt͟hz How to pronounce wreath (audio) ˈrēths How to pronounce wreath (audio)
: something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: such as
: a decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base
a Christmas wreath
: a band of intertwined flowers or leaves worn as a mark of honor or victory : garland
a laurel wreath
: something having a circular or coiling form
a wreath of smoke

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prince William and Kate Middleton left a touching message on their Remembrance Day wreath. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2022 Your cupcakes can look like a gorgeous wreath, a snowman, a portrait of Santa Claus, snowflakes and so much more. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, 8 Nov. 2022 But there was also a sign of human grief and frailty: a tiny wreath of olive leaves and cornflowers placed on the king’s forehead, with fragile petals that still had a tinge of blue. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2022 Dress up any door with this Kente cloth wreath, which measures 15 inches in diameter and is versatile enough to keep up on your door all year-round. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 28 Oct. 2022 Show off your favorite wreath or get creative with different seasonal elements. Chloe Gorman, Country Living, 19 Oct. 2022 Add pink blooms to your Halloween wreath for an eerie contradiction between the severe black and the bright shade. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2022 In August 2019, under Baugh’s direction, eBay employees sent the Steiners a series of harassing messages on Twitter and bizarre deliveries, including a funeral wreath, live spiders, and a bloody pig’s head mask. Aaron Pressman, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2022 Queen Elizabeth's coffin, draped in the Scottish royal standard, with a wreath of dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather, and pine fir, left Balmoral Castle for the first time today on its final journey. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 11 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



plural wreaths ˈrēt͟hz How to pronounce wreath (audio) ˈrēths How to pronounce wreath (audio)
: something twisted or woven into a circular shape
a wreath of flowers
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