\ 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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Later, former President George W. Bush, who was in office on 9/11, and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld attended another wreath-laying at the Pentagon. Washington Post, "18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11," 13 Sep. 2019 Later, former President George W. Bush, who was in office on 9/11, and his defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, attended another wreath-laying at the Pentagon. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — People who were too young on 9/11 to remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and a solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on US soil.," 12 Sep. 2019 The line includes pillows, doormats, house miniatures, wreaths, and LED candles, among other things. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Pier 1 Has Officially Released Its Halloween Decor and It’s Spooktacular," 24 July 2019 Atlanta will close its commemoration with a wreath-laying at his crypt. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s peace message remembered on 50th anniversary of his murder," 4 Apr. 2018 President Trump is set to mark the anniversary with a ceremony at the Pentagon, where former President George W. Bush is also expected to lay a wreath. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "9/11 anniversary: 18 years since terror attack, updated memorial honors first responders who died of illnesses," 11 Sep. 2019 Andrew is to lay a wreath at the Charles II Memorial to commemorate the anniversary, before inspecting a Guard of Honor found by the Nijmegen Company of the Grenadier Guards at Market Square. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Andrew’s Royal Duties Hit by Fallout from Scandal Surrounding Former Friend Jeffrey Epstein," 4 Sep. 2019 Both leaders laid a wreath at the Unknown Soldier from World War I whose tomb is under the monument. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France," 26 Mar. 2019 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

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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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