wreath

[ reeth ]
/ riθ /

noun, plural wreaths [reethz, reeths]. /riðz, riθs/.

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)
  1. a curved section of a handrail.
  2. Also called wreathpiece . a curved section of a string.

verb (used with or without object)

to wreathe.

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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

wraith, wreath , wreathe, writhe
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British Dictionary definitions for wreath

wreath
/ (riːθ) /

noun plural wreaths (riːðz, riːθs)

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

Derived forms of wreath

wreathless, adjectivewreathlike, adjective

Word Origin for wreath

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