Pronunciation Noun

wreath (plural wreaths)

  1. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.
    a wreath of smoke;  a wreath of clouds
  2. An ornamental circular band made, for example, of plaited flowers and leaves, and used as decoration; a garland or chaplet, especially one given to a victor.
  3. (heraldry) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest; an orle, a torse. It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tincture#Verb|tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the coat of arms.
    Synonyms: orle, torse
  4. A defect in glass.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

wreath (wreaths, present participle wreathing; past and past participle wreathed)

  1. To place an entwined circle of flowers upon or around something.
    • 1958, The Greek Anthology, p. 349:
      Old Nico wreathed the tomb of maiden Melitê.
  2. (transitive) To wrap around something in a circle.
    At the funeral, a circle of comrades wreathed the grave of the honored deceased.
  3. (intransitive) To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of a wreath.
    • 1816, Lord Byron, “Stanzas for Music,” 4,
      Though wit may flash from fluent lips, and mirth distract the breast,
      Through midnight hours that yield no more their former hope of rest;
      ’Tis but as ivy-leaves around the ruined turret wreath
      All green and wildly fresh without, but worn and grey beneath.

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