wreath

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noun \ˈrēth\

Definition of wreath

plural

wreaths

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  1. 1 :  something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: such asa :  a band of intertwined flowers or leaves worn as a mark of honor or victory :  garland a laurel wreathb :  a decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base a Christmas wreath

  2. 2 :  something having a circular or coiling form a wreath of smoke

Examples of wreath in a Sentence

  1. The President laid a wreath of flowers on the hero's grave.

  2. The ancient Romans awarded laurel wreaths to winners of athletic contests.

  3. Every December, I put a Christmas wreath on my front door.

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Origin and Etymology of wreath

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


WREATH Defined for English Language Learners

wreath

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Definition of wreath for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WREATH Defined for Kids

wreath

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noun \ˈrēth\

Definition of wreath for Students

plural

wreaths

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  1. :  something twisted or woven into a circular shape a wreath of flowers a wreath of smoke



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