\ 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 Meanwhile, Joe Biden appeared in public Monday for the first time in more than two months, laying a wreath to honor the fallen at a Delaware war memorial. NBC News, "Japan to lift state of emergency on Tokyo and four remaining areas," 26 May 2020 Although the wreath laying is usually part of a ceremony that involves a presidential address, Mr. Trump did not deliver a speech at the cemetery, which is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News, "Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery and Fort McHenry on Memorial Day," 25 May 2020 Since people won’t be able to visit the cemetery, staff will broadcast the ceremony over the Anchorage VA Facebook page, including a sounding of taps, rifle salute, wreath laying and speeches, Walker said. Victoria Barber, Anchorage Daily News, "2 of Alaska’s biggest Memorial Day events have been canceled, but others will go on," 21 May 2020 On Friday, the couple stepped out of their home in Scotland to lay a wreath of tribute to those who fell during WWII. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth to Step Back From All Public Duty Until Fall: Report," 11 May 2020 The Morgan State University Choir will perform, and a bipartisan group of leaders from the House and Senate will participate in a wreath-laying, Pelosi’s office said. Washington Post, "Rep. Elijah Cummings lies in repose at Morgan State University," 23 Oct. 2019 No less, Public Works stationary engineer John Lamonte will ensure the monument, where city dwellers gathered after the quake to search for survivors, is maintained and ready for its annual commemorative wreath, officials said in a tweet. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 9-10," 24 Apr. 2020 The first lady did again have her signature wreaths, greenery with red bow, hung from every window in the White House — including those on the gingerbread White House. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, "Melania Trump’ s White House Christmas decorations are a monochromatic wonderland," 2 Dec. 2019 The program allows people to honor Independence heroes by sponsoring a holiday wreath for veterans’ graves at Maple Shade Cemetery in the city. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Sponsor a holiday wreath for an Independence veteran’s grave: Sun Postings," 12 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreath. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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
literary : something that is shaped like a circle


\ 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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