- 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
Origin of wreathe
Related Words for wreathedwrapped, mounted, enclosed, curvaceous, rounded, arched, crooked, twisted, elliptical, serpentine, twisting, dishevel, derange, screw, swivel, spiral, contort, wriggle, wiggle, wrench
Examples from the Web for wreathed
Historical Examples of wreathed
The timid smile that wreathed the tiny mouth was marvelously winning.Within the Law
With “nods and becks and wreathed smiles” Miss Euphemia seated herself.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
Wreathed in the tobacco smoke, his countenance was full of sympathy.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
The threshold of her door was wreathed with flowers, and sprinkled with blood.Thais
Then they wreathed Lalemant in oiled bark and set fire to it.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
- 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
- to form into or take the form of a wreath by intertwining or twisting together
- (tr) to decorate, crown, or encircle with wreaths
- to move or cause to move in a twisting waysmoke wreathed up to the ceiling
Word Origin for wreathe
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.
1520s, a back-formation from wrethen, Middle English past participle of writhe. Related: Wreathed; wreathing.