Definition of wreath in English:

wreath

noun

  • 1An arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring and used for decoration or for laying on a grave:

    ‘the Queen laid a wreath at the Cenotaph’
    ‘a laurel wreath’
    • ‘The dead policeman's mother, Cindy Eaton, wept as she placed her bouquet alongside 100 wreaths and bunches of flowers left on the corner of Dibb Lane in honour of her son.’
    • ‘Following the ceremony, the families made their way through the memorial park, which houses the remains of 2,300 troops from 11 UN nations, to lay wreaths at the graves of their loved ones.’
    • ‘Sometimes the faces are framed in fierce coronas of sunlight; sometimes, in a wreath of leaves, berries and flowers; always, in a blaze of warmth.’
    • ‘Orders are now being taken in time for Christmas for Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, flower arrangements, holly wreaths and crafts.’
    • ‘This Christmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.’
    • ‘The committee are providing a trailer this Wednesdays adjacent to the church and they appeal to grave owners to dump old wreaths and flowers and other waste in it.’
    • ‘Mourners placed flowers and wreaths at the graves, including one where two sisters Alina, 12 and Ira, 13, were laid to rest together.’
    • ‘In the courtyard, there were six mourning altars for the dead villagers lined with flower wreaths.’
    • ‘The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places, or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.’
    • ‘Nuala Leonard has started her own flower business, catering for church arrangements, funeral wreaths, weddings and other occasions.’
    • ‘Public designations must be well placed and located even when displaying flower wreaths at the mortuary.’
    • ‘Football clubs are expected to assemble at Matero Boys High School from where a march past would be undertaken to the burial site outside the Independence stadium where speeches would later be read and wreaths laid on the graves.’
    • ‘Rabbits have been in abundance in the area this year and have been upsetting some grieving relatives by eating flowers and wreaths from the graves.’
    • ‘A group of about 30 people paid their respects in a memorial garden near the station by laying wreaths and flowers.’
    • ‘The grandnephew of Patrick Phelan, Thomas Lawlor, laid a wreath on the grave in honour of fallen patriots.’
    • ‘The Catholic church was gorgeous with flower arrangements and wreaths.’
    • ‘It began during the Civil War when organized women's groups in several towns throughout the South decorated the graves of the Confederate war dead with flowers, wreaths and flags.’
    • ‘Flags were flown at half-mast, with a wreath of flowers laid at the base of the flag poles.’
    • ‘All used wreaths and flowers must be taken away by grave owners.’
    • ‘Melody arranged a wreath of flowers over the fireplace.’
    1. 1.1 A carved representation of a wreath.
      • ‘This space was ornamented with low relief sculpture of winged sun disks and wreaths located on the pedimented impost blocks between the arches.’
      • ‘You will be amazed at the beauty and crispness of this hand carved wood floral rose wreath.’
      • ‘Amazing wood decorations depicting cherubs, crowns and wreaths of flowers surround marble fireplaces.’
    2. 1.2 A ring made of or resembling soft, twisted material:
      ‘a gold wreath’
      • ‘Twenty-nine golden petals are attached to a leather strip, representing a wreath.’
      • ‘Tsaneva was responsible for the speedy restoration of the gold wreath and ring, which are the first of the treasures from the latest discovery to be put on display.’
      • ‘The Eritrean flag is green, red, and blue with a gold olive wreath.’
      • ‘In the Middle Ages young women wore wreaths of gold and eventually gave way to chaplets.’
      • ‘At each side of the stadium, Dawson's giant steel-mesh rings hover like wreaths above the entry gates.’
      • ‘‘American National Red Cross Nurse’ was printed in gold letters on a cobalt blue background surrounded by a beautiful gold wreath.’
      • ‘The King had commissioned a gold wreath that he wished to consecrate to the gods.’
      • ‘A delicately crafted link bracelet was soon joined by a bracelet forged to look like a wreath of lilies and one of several strands of gold with emeralds woven into it.’
      • ‘Beaver County native Lauryn Williams is in the running for that, along with an olive wreath and a gold medal, when she begins competing today.’
      • ‘In other festivals women most often appeared in white dresses crowned with oak wreaths.’
      • ‘The cemetery of over 6,000 war dead contains a tomb where a giant wreath of gold and silver leaves rests.’
      • ‘Since 1996 Greece has sought the return of a gold Macedonian funerary wreath, purchased from a Swiss dealer who acted as an intermediary.’
      • ‘Curve the ends around to make an oval loop, a circle wreath, or even bend it a bit to make a heart shape.’
      • ‘It was a time when the Italian world bedecked itself with rare golden trinkets, wreaths for women's hair, girdles, brooches, and the like, and the finest skill was needed to satisfy the taste.’
      • ‘Tattooed on his hand was a braided vine, shaped in a circle, like a wreath.’
      • ‘The young king's head began to ache, and he took of his crown, a delicate woven wreath of gold.’
      • ‘The gold wreath symbolizes the unit's goal of continued excellence and achievement.’
      • ‘Among the first people to embrace wreaths were ancient Persians, who wore diadems made of fabric and jewels - the wreath standing in for wealth and power.’
      • ‘Place the wire into the body of the garland or wreath and twist together several times to hold the fruit in place.’
      • ‘Tessa and Sophia skipped in with daisy wreaths and bracelets draped all over them.’
      garland, chaplet, circlet, coronet, crown, diadem, festoon, lei, swathe, fillet
      ring, loop, circle
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    3. 1.3Heraldry A representation of a ring of twisted material below a crest (especially where it joins a helmet).
      • ‘The crest wreath came into use about the third quarter of the fourteenth century, and consisted of a roll formed of two pieces of material of the principal colour and metal of the arms twisted together, worn round the top of the helmet level with the base of the crest.’
      • ‘This was a pennon-shaped scarf of material, usually silk, lined with another colour, and placed on the helmet underneath the crest and crest wreath.’
  • 2A curl or ring of smoke or cloud:

    ‘wreaths of mist swirled up into the cold air’
    • ‘Olof just grinned but JB, from behind a wreath of cigarette smoke, turned round with an encouraging glance.’
    • ‘The tall buildings stretched high into the night sky, the top spires of the churches and court houses surrounded in a wreath of smoke from the fires that burned in pot bellied stoves far below.’
    • ‘She gives you a story line or a message from great granny or a question to ponder, grins around her wreath of pipe smoke and wanders on over the hill.’
    • ‘The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth and the smoke encircled his head like a wreath.’
    • ‘The mountain itself is just behind the town, looming so high it creates its own weather and often wears a wreath of clouds (check the weather before planning a hike).’
    • ‘She sat behind her desk, a blue wreath of cigarette smoke encircling her head, while I leaned against the doorframe.’
    • ‘Guga blew a stream of smoke out of his nostrils, forming a wreath around his head.’
    • ‘The fire hissed as it went out, and around them the cave went dark again as pale wreaths of grey smoke curled through the air.’
    • ‘Their breath encircled the chateau like a wreath, wrapping its way around the substantial estate as if wanting to squeeze out every last drop of life, which existed inside.’
  • 3Scottish archaic A snowdrift.

    • ‘However be aware of cornices and unstable snow wreaths that linger long into summer.’
    • ‘A great snow wreath still wrapped itself across the upper confines of the crags, a feature that often remains until well into the summer and is recognisable from as far as Kingussie.’
    • ‘Join a Ranger for a walk around the upper part of Coire Cas, getting closer to the snow wreath and listening for singing snow buntings.’

Origin

Old English writha, related to writhe.

Pronunciation:

wreath

/riːθ/