\ 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 mood was calm and determined as the thousands of football supporters walked the narrow streets of London's financial district to lay wreaths in team colors on London Bridge. Fox News, "A dream of uniting UK soccer fans swerves to the far right," 3 June 2018 President Mahmoud Abbas lays a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 15, 2018. Felicia Schwartz And Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Palestinians Lose Patience With Abbas as Frustrations Pile Up," 6 July 2018 Accompanied by the British Chief Rabbi, William will lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance in honor of those who died. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Made History in Israel," 25 June 2018 England fans also joined with dignitaries to lay a wreath to commemorate the dead. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Volgograd, the city once called Stalingrad, provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The program included the reading of the names of soldiers from the community who have given their lives for their country, and Horn assisted Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas in laying a wreath before the service memorial. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Veteran warns of 'wounds we could not see' at Valparaiso service," 25 May 2018 The Italians proved to be quite the respectful visitors as the squad, led by captain Daniele De Rossi, laid a wreath at the Reds' memorial for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. SI.com, "WATCH: Roma Players Pay Respects at Liverpool's Hillsborough Memorial," 24 Apr. 2018 The Trumps also will dine with Macron and his wife Brigitte Monday night in private with the Trumps at Mount Vernon in Virginia, the plantation home of George Washington, and Macron will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. Laura King, latimes.com, "French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal," 22 Apr. 2018 The family then laid a wreath of multicolored flowers in front of the crypt. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Capitol Hill: 'It was my mistake, and I'm sorry.'," 9 Apr. 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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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


\ 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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