\ 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 In the kitchen, there were lots of gerbera daisy-type silk flowers and a wreath that was 4 or 5 feet in diameter. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Home Sellers Can Get Carried Away When It Comes to Greenery," 10 May 2021 Then on Memorial Day, the President retweeted this from Brit Hume in which the Fox News personality appears to mock former Vice President Joe Biden for his appearance while wearing a black mask during a wreath-laying ceremony. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Joe Biden's mask-wearing doesn't *have* to be political," 30 Apr. 2021 Meghan will be represented symbolically at the ceremony via a floral wreath laid for the Duke of Edinburgh, and an accompanying card, which was handwritten by the Duchess. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Is Watching Prince Philip's Funeral From Home in California," 17 Apr. 2021 The event was scheduled to include a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence, according to social media from Illinois Unidos. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 12 Apr. 2021 The couple had their own Remembrance Day on a November Sunday by laying a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "Everything Meghan and Harry have done since they quit being royals last year," 5 Mar. 2021 Earlier reports suggested that palace officials refused Harry's request for a wreath to be laid in his name without the Queen's knowledge. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "The Queen Personally Rejected Prince Harry's Remembrance Day Request," 4 Jan. 2021 Following the ceremony outside the church, located at 3184 Church St., a wreath will be placed at the grave of each veteran in the church cemetery and at the nearby New Lutheran Cemetery on Locust Street. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Our own little Arlington’: Babylon Vault Company sponsoring third annual Wreaths Across America in Carroll County," 18 Dec. 2020 After visiting Vietnam, O’Brien will travel to the Philippines on Sunday evening and Monday, laying a wreath at an American cemetery and meeting with national security officials in Manila, the officials said. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Key Trump Aide Taking China Message on Vietnam, Philippines Trip," 18 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreath. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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