wreath


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

wreath

 (rēth)
n. pl. wreaths (rēthz, rēths)
1.
a. A ring or circlet of freshly cut or dried flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.
b. A similar ornamental ring made of wood, plastic, or other materials.
2. A curling or circular form: a wreath of smoke.

[Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha, band; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

wreath

(riːθ)
n, pl wreaths (riːðz; riːθs)
1. (Art Terms) 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
2. any circular or spiral band or formation
3. (Ceramics) a spiral or circular defect appearing in porcelain and glassware
[Old English wrǣth, wrǣd; related to Middle Low German wrēden to twist. See writhe]
ˈwreathless adj
ˈwreathˌlike adj

wreath

(riθ)

n., pl. wreaths (rētz, rēths),
n.
1. a circular band of flowers, foliage, etc., for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; garland or chaplet.
2. any ringlike, curving, or curling mass or formation: a wreath of clouds.
v.t., v.i.
3. to wreathe.
[before 1000; Middle English wrethe, Old English writha something wound or coiled; akin to writhe]

Wreath

 a garland or intertwined chaplet; a drift of snow or sand.
Examples: wreaths of fire, 1789; wreath of flowers; of sand; of sea, 1875; of smoke, 1859; of snow, 1725; of vapour, 1794; of worms, 1684.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wreath - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposeswreath - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
crown - a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
floral arrangement, flower arrangement - a decorative arrangement of flowers
bay wreath, laurel wreath, laurel - (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory

wreath

noun garland, band, ring, crown, loop, festoon, coronet, chaplet She wore a wreath of jasmine flowers in her hair.
Translations
إكْليلحَلَقَةٌ من الدُّخان
kranssky
kiehkurakranssilakipunosseppeleseppelöidä
füstkarikakoszorú
spírall, vafningur, snúningursveigur, krans
skendėtivainikas
grīstestrūklavainags
obláčik
venec
krans
çelenkduman halkası

wreath

[riːθ] N (wreaths (pl)) [riːðz] [of flowers] → guirnalda f; (for funeral) → corona f; [of smoke, mist] → espiral m
laurel wreathcorona f de laurel

wreath

[ˈriːθ] [wreaths] [ˈriːðz ˈriːθs] (pl) ncouronne f

wreath

n pl <-s> → Kranz m; wreath of laurelLorbeerkranz m

wreath

[riːθ] n (wreaths (pl)) [riːðz] (of flowers) → ghirlanda; (at funeral) → corona; (of smoke) → anello; (mist) → corona

wreath

(riːθ) plural wreaths (riːθs riːðz) noun
1. a circular garland of flowers or leaves, placed at a grave, or put on someone's shoulders or head after his/her victory etc. We put a wreath of flowers on her mother's grave.
2. a drift or curl of smoke, mist etc. wreaths of smoke.
wreathe (riːð) verb
to cover. faces wreathed in smiles.
References in classic literature ?
Through the crowd there came a little form, a wreath of pure white violets lay among the bright locks that fell so softly round the gentle face, where a deep blush glowed, as, kneeling at the throne, little Violet said:--
THE ring is on my hand, And the wreath is on my brow; Satins and jewels grand Are all at my command, And I am happy now.
I did not like to go quite to the front and stare in at the gate; but I paused beside the garden wall, and looked, and saw no change - except in one wing, where the broken windows and dilapidated roof had evidently been repaired, and where a thin wreath of smoke was curling up from the stack of chimneys.
When he arrives at the hippodrome, he will be crowned with the poetic wreath, in anticipation of his victory at the approaching Olympics.
On the lowest green bough hung an abundant wreath of roses, some that had been gathered in the sunniest spots of the forest, and others, of still richer blush, which the colonists had reared from English seed.
By way of showing her gratitude, the child besought them to go with her a little way into the fields, so that they might gather abundance of flowers, with which she would make each of her kind playmates a wreath.
On the other hand, whenever it was her pleasure to appear abroad, as on Sundays and fete-days, she would put on some very brilliant-coloured dress, usually of thin texture, a silk bonnet with a wreath of flowers, and a very fine shawl.
Before Emily could reply, one of the maids entered the room with a wreath of roses in her hand.
The latter, however, were supplied before Anne reached the main road, for being confronted halfway down the lane with a golden frenzy of wind-stirred buttercups and a glory of wild roses, Anne promptly and liberally garlanded her hat with a heavy wreath of them.
Now Chryses had come to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus, who were their chiefs.
I put him in your window, I make pretty wreath, and hang him round your neck, so you sleep well.
Kitty meanwhile had long ago been quite ready, and in her white dress and long veil and wreath of orange blossoms she was standing in the drawing-room of the Shtcherbatskys' house with her sister, Madame Lvova, who was her bridal-mother.