Definition of wreathe
2 : to twist or contort so as to show folds or creases
3 : to encircle or adorn with or as if with a wreath
1 : to twist in coils : writhe
2a : to take on the shape of a wreathb : to move or extend in circles or spirals
Examples of wreathe in a Sentence
decided to wreathe the grapevines into a beribboned swag to give the room the “country look”
wreathed small flowers into the design for the wallpaper
Recent Examples of wreathe from the Web
Out in the parking lot, wreathed in the citrusy odor of the sunscreen four young men are slathering on their torsos before heading across Ocean Avenue, some of those who've opted out explain why.
The walk up the steps to the Royal Box after the game, the losing team’s faces locked in grief, the winners’ wreathed in smiles.
Here is an excerpt from the May 7, 1885, edition of The Bee: Mrs. Crocker, her face wreathed in smiles of happiness, arose and bowed to the audience, which returned the courtesy with cheers and the slapping of thousands of hands.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wreathe'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of wreathe
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
WREATHE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wreathe for English Language Learners
: to surround or cover (something)
WREATHE Defined for Kids
Definition of wreathe for Students
1 : to form into wreaths Evergreen branches were wreathed and hung.
2 : to crown, decorate, or cover with or as if with a wreath The girls … wreathed their hair with … blossoms. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up wreathe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).