- 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
Examples from the Web for wreathing
Tissue-paper is too soft and thin for wreathing the bars of grates.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
Abra is introduced in a grove, wreathing a flowery chaplet for her hair.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
The frost-smoke is wreathing the red zone of our southern horizon.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
The valley was far in the rear, hidden by the wreathing mists.The Mosstrooper
Robert Scott Fittis
The mist was rising, and wreathing the colored woods with white.A Northern Countryside
- 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
- 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 and History for wreathing
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.