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noun,plural wreaths [reethz, reeths]. /riðz, riθs/.
  1. a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet.

  2. any ringlike, curving, or curling mass or formation: a wreath of clouds.

  1. (in stair building)

    • a curved section of a handrail.

    • Also called wreathpiece . a curved section of a string.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to wreathe.

Origin of wreath

before 1000; Middle English wrethe,Old English writha something wound or coiled; akin to writhe

Other words from wreath

  • wreathlike, adjective

Words that may be confused with wreath

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How to use wreath in a sentence

  • On a shelf near one of these windows stood the little Madonna, again wreathed with vines as in San Pasquale.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • They burst out of the mouth of the canyon, a smoke-wreathed whirlwind, heading for the protection of the river.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • He leapt back beyond the table, and threw himself on guard, his lips still wreathed in their mysterious smile.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • The emblems on his monument are a branch of beech, a winged A, a wreathed snake and a lamp.

  • A woman was beside him, dark eyes flashing through her mask, red lips wreathed into a smile.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner

British Dictionary definitions for wreath


/ (riːθ) /

nounplural wreaths (riːðz, riːθs)
  1. 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

  2. any circular or spiral band or formation

  1. a spiral or circular defect appearing in porcelain and glassware

Origin of wreath

Old English wrǣth, wrǣd; related to Middle Low German wrēden to twist. See writhe

Derived forms of wreath

  • wreathless, adjective
  • wreathlike, adjective

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