wreath

noun
\ ˈrēth How to pronounce wreath (audio) \
plural wreaths\ ˈrēt͟hz How to pronounce wreaths (audio) , ˈrēths How to pronounce wreaths (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

Among other events, the day will be marked with senior Army leaders laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Army Birthday 244th birthday 2019: Military facts, figures, history and more," 14 June 2019 Mayor Patrick Thomines has asked Lambert to come for a wreath-laying ceremony. Washington Post, "For D-Day survivor, perhaps last trip to Omaha Beach," 12 June 2019 Following the service, William, 36, laid a wreath at the Normandy Campaign Memorial, before spending some time chatting to the D-Day veterans who’d been invited by The Royal British Legion charity. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Echoes Great-Grandfather’s Words as He Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 The Trumps also placed a wreath at Westminster Abbey, where England’s queens and kings are crowned, married and laid to rest. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Trump Insults London Mayor as ‘Loser’ as He Pays Tribute to the Queen," 3 June 2019 Later on Monday the president was to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior and tour London's ancient Westminster Abbey before an evening banquet back at Buckingham Palace with the queen. CBS News, "President Trump in U.K. for 1st state visit, lunch with the queen," 3 June 2019 For each wreath, dust 2 strips dough with some cake mix. Erin Phraner, Good Housekeeping, "Give This Traditional Easter Bread a Sweet and Colorful Update," 28 Feb. 2019 Welcome to Christmas and A Majestic Christmas are among the films that feature streets bedecked with lights, wreaths, and ribbons in every shot. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 On behalf of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles laid today's first wreath at the Cenotaph, in remembrance of all those who died: For more royals and can't-miss fashion and beauty news, sign up for the Harper's BAZAAR Newsletter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Attends Remembrance Day Service Alongside Queen Elizabeth," 11 Nov. 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 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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