\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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At his funeral, a wreath of white and red flowers was shaped like his Cadillac. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Free and open to all is a wreath ceremony on the flight deck on Saturday morning. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: San Diego Comedy Festival, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fiesta Botanica," 25 May 2018 In addition to participating in the Parade, wreath laying ceremony, and concert series, the Coventry High School Band will participate in a clinic by Col. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 21 May 2018 Marin County Memorial Day Services Observance, conducted by Marin County United Veterans Council, will feature music, a remembrance program, flag displays and wreath laying ceremony. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Memorial Day and other events listings," 17 May 2018 On Tuesday, the yearslong feud between the pop stars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift appeared to come to an end when Perry sent a wreath of actual olive branches to Swift. Michael Gold, BostonGlobe.com, "Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s ‘bad blood’ ended with an olive branch. Here’s how it started," 10 May 2018 Just below the podium, wreaths of red and white flowers surrounded Groves' cherry red casket. Melanie Balakit, ajc, "Waffle House shooting victim DeEbony Groves sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ before she was killed," 30 Apr. 2018 The princesses accessorized their ensembles with a wreath of baby's breath and carried a kissing ball of pink roses . Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority introduces its debutantes at 2018 cotillion," 5 Apr. 2018 Wekiva students set up 17 empty desks, each adorned with a white flower and a photo of a Parkland victim, in the middle of the courtyard, surrounding a wreath of flowers. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Students walk out to honor Parkland victims, call for gun control," 14 Mar. 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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