Definition of wreath
wreathsplay \ˈrēthz, ˈrēths\
1 : something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: 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.
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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