- a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet.
- any ringlike, curving, or curling mass or formation: a wreath of clouds.
- (in stair building)
- a curved section of a handrail.
- Also called wreath·piece.a curved section of a string.
- to wreathe.
Origin of wreath
Related Words for wreathbouquet, garland, ringlet, festoon, circlet, crown, bay, band, loop, coronet, laurel, ring, chaplet, lei, coronal
Examples from the Web for wreath
Contemporary Examples of wreath
Plus “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”?Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
He will then visit the Western Wall and lay a wreath at the Holocaust memorial at Mount Herzl.The Pope’s Risky Trip to the Holy Land
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 23, 2014
A wreath of green leaves is placed on her head where a red band stands out against her white-blond shaved head.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
For Coming Soon, Gordon's initial plan was to make and then display her wreath paintings in a low-budget California tract house.Kim Gordon: Going Solo After Sonic Youth, and Why She Identifies With ‘Girls’
April 10, 2014
Three were unadorned; one bore a wreath, red ribbons, and a name: Adolf Hitler.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
Historical Examples of wreath
That wreath it was which should be more dear than a chest of gold to Creon's family and Creon's city.Buried Cities, Part 2
Nance turned away, and put up her chin to watch a wreath of smoke.Meadow Grass
A wreath of roses was tried on, but this too was so unsightly that I refused to wear it.My Double Life
Such a wreath, then, is made by lovers when they wish to see their 'fate.'Storyology
And a wreath of immortelles and a bouquet bought by the Coupeaus were also placed on the coffin.L'Assommoir
- a band of flowers or foliage intertwined into a ring, usually placed on a grave as a memorial or worn on the head as a garland or a mark of honour
- any circular or spiral band or formation
- a spiral or circular defect appearing in porcelain and glassware
Word Origin for wreath
Old English wriða "fillet, bandage, band" (literally "that which is wound around"), from Proto-Germanic *writhon (cf. Old Norse riða, Danish vride, Old High German ridan "to turn, twist," Old Saxon, Old Frisian wreth "angry," Dutch wreed "rough, harsh, cruel," Old High German reid "twisted," Old Norse reiða "angry"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn, bend" (cf. Old English wriða "band," wriðan "to twist, torture," wraþ "angry"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Meaning "ring or garland of flowers" is first recorded 1560s.