\ 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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The ceremony included a reading of the names on the monument and the placement of a red rose for each man at its foot, as well as wreaths honoring veterans’ sacrifices. BostonGlobe.com, "John Bolton’s departure," 16 Sep. 2019 Seaman Javier Terrazas and Seaman apprentice Jack Pearson assisted in the wreath presentation. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy VFW hosts memorial to 9/11," 12 Sep. 2019 The 239,000 followers of @my100yearoldhome expect to see her banister wrapped in garlands and wreaths hung from every window by early December. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019 There are elegant wreaths entwined with acorns, lavender, and wild berries, and, of course, lots of glüwhein, as well honey meats and homemade cheeses. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 The next morning, the Breakers will visit Arlington National Cemetery, where four players will be granted the privilege to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Laguna Beach hopes to continue recent success," 17 Aug. 2019 The festivities start with a wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza (at Dearborn and Washington streets) and will then make its way down State Street starting at Lake Street. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: May 25-31," 28 May 2017 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a wreath-laying ceremony at a WWII memorial in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok. Yoonjung Seo, CNN, "North Korea says launch was a 'warning' to South Korea," 25 July 2019 On his head was both a laurel wreath and a golden crown held by a slave, who was also given the task of whispering into the general’s ear reminders of his mortality. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Julius Caesar came. He saw. He conquered. Here's how Rome celebrated.," 10 July 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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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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