An example of a wreath is a ring made of evergreens and holly that you hang on your door when you decorate for Christmas.
- a twisted band or ring of leaves, flowers, etc.; esp.,
- a chaplet worn as a mark of honor or victory
- a garland laid upon a grave or hung on a door, window, etc.
- something suggesting this in shape; twisted or circular band: wreaths of smoke
Origin of wreathMiddle English wrethe ; from Old English writha, a ring, a twisted band ; from writhan, to twist: see writhe
nounpl. wreaths wreaths
- a. A ring or circlet of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.b. A representation of this ring or circlet, as in woodwork.
- A curling or circular form: a wreath of smoke.
Origin of wreathMiddle English wrethe, from Old English writha, band; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.
- a wreath of smoke
- a wreath of clouds
- An ornamental circular band made e.g. of plaited flowers and leaves, and used as decoration; a garland; a chaplet, especially one given to a victor.
- (heraldry) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest. It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the coat of arms.
(third-person singular simple present wreaths, present participle wreathing, simple past and past participle wreathed)
- To place an entwined circle of flowers upon or around something.
- To wrap around something in a circle.
- At the funeral, a circle of comrades wreath the grave of the honored deceased.