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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web It was initially called Decoration Day, for the practice of decorating graves with wreaths and flags. Bryan Walsh, Vox, 27 May 2024 More makeshift memorials dot the roadsides, orchards and meadows for miles around, made up of portraits and piles of stones, handwritten notes and candles, and wreaths that have withered under the beating sun. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 13 May 2024 And at the front was Carmen, standing beside the floral wreaths and a portrait of her dear Miguel in a suit and bright red tie. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2024 After presenting the wreath at the memorial, also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns, Biden made the sign of the cross. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wreath 

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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