Definition of wreath
wreathsplay play \ˈrēthz, ˈrēths\
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 : 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.
Recent Examples of wreath from the Web
The approximately 30-minute ceremony also included a local Boy Scout troop raising an American flag, two members of the troop playing taps, and Girls Scouts laying a wreath.
The President will give remarks at a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery, which houses the graves of more than 400,000 soldiers who died in active duty, veterans and their families.
Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before his remarks.
Gen. Pierre St-Amand, Royal Canadian Air Force, lays a wreath during the 100th Remembrance Service for the Royal Flying Corps Cemetery at Greenwood Memorial Park on Monday.
Jaslow will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to take part in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
David Hofmann of Blue Springs helped his mother and aunt carry wreaths and flowers to decorate family members’ graves Sunday at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Kansas City.
Prince William will lead the tributes, laying a wreath along with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on the Wembley pitch before kickoff.
Before kickoff, Prince William laid a wreath in memory of the victims alongside Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th century
WREATH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of wreath for Students
: something twisted or woven into a circular shape a wreath of flowers a wreath of smoke
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