noun, plural wreaths [reeth z, reeths] /riðz, riθs/.
- a curved section of a handrail.
- Also called wreath·piece. a curved section of a string.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of wreath
Examples from the Web for wreath
Plus “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”?
He will then visit the Western Wall and lay a wreath at the Holocaust memorial at Mount Herzl.
A wreath of green leaves is placed on her head where a red band stands out against her white-blond shaved head.
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’|Andrew Romano|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three were unadorned; one bore a wreath, red ribbons, and a name: Adolf Hitler.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler|Robert Edsel|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A wreath encircling the inscription "Candahar, Ghuznee, Cabul, 1842."Chats on Military Curios|Stanley C. Johnson
And always, for the Pilgrim, the sky by day was a sky of brass, softened not by so much as a wreath of cloud mist.The Uncrowned King|Harold Bell Wright
This was slightly looped up with blue forget-me-nots, and I had a wreath of the same flowers in my hair.A Search For A Secret (Vol 1 of 3)|G. A. Henty
She was absolutely callous about Mrs. Curtiss death, and suggested that half-a-guinea was quite enough to give for a wreath.The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley
She bore aloft a great platter of the viand, the even slices arranged like a wreath of autumn leaves.Molly Brown of Kentucky|Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for wreath
noun plural wreaths (riːðz, riːθs)
Word Origin for wreath
Word Origin and History 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.