What does wreath mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wreath, garland, coronal, chaplet, leinoun

    flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes


  1. wreathnoun

    Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.

  2. wreathnoun

    An ornamental circular band made e.g. of plaited flowers and leaves, and used as decoration; a garland; a chaplet, especially one given to a victor.

  3. wreathnoun

    An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest. It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the coat of arms.

  4. wreathverb

    To place an entwined circle of flowers upon or around something.

  5. wreathverb

    To wrap around something in a circle.

    At the funeral, a circle of comrades wreath the grave of the honored deceased.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WREATHnoun

    Etymology: wreoð , Saxon.

    The wreath of three was made a wreath of five: to these three first titles of the two houses, were added the authorities parliamentary and papal. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Clouds began
    To darken all the hill, and smoke to roll
    In dusky wreaths reluctant flames. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    He of his tortuous train
    Curl’d many a wanton wreath. John Milton.

    Let altars smoak,
    And richest gums, and spice, and incense roll
    Their fragrant wreaths to heav’n. Edmund Smith, Phæd. and Hip.

    Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths,
    Our bruised arms hung up for monuments. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Dropp’d from his head, a wreath lay on the ground. Wentworth Dillon.

    The boughs of Lotos, form’d into a wreath,
    This monument, thy maiden beauty’s due,
    High on a plane-tree shall be hung to view. Dryden.

    When for thy head the garland I prepare,
    A second wreath shall bind Aminta’s hair;
    And when my choicest songs thy worth proclaim,
    Alternate verse shall bless Aminta’s name. Matthew Prior.

    To prince Henry the laurels of his rival are transferred, with the additional wreath of having conquered that rival. Shakespeare Illustrated.

  2. To Wreathverb

    preterite wreathed; part. pass. wreathed, wreathen.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Did never sonnet for her sake compile,
    Nor never laid his wreathed arms athwart
    His loving bosom, to keep down his heart. William Shakespeare.

    About his neck
    A green and gilded snake had wreath’d itself,
    Who, with her head, nimble in threats approach’d
    The opening of his mouth; but suddenly,
    Seeing Orlando, it unlink’d itself,
    And with indented glides did slip away. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    The beard of an oat is wreathed at the bottom, and one smooth entire straw at the top: they take only the part that is wreathed, and cut off the other. Francis Bacon.

    Impatient of the wound,
    He rolls and wreaths his shining body round;
    Then headlong shoots beneath the dashing tide. John Gay.

    Two chains of pure gold of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches. Ex. xxviii.

    As snakes breed in dunghills not singly, but in knots; so in such base noisome hearts you shall ever see pride and ingratitude indivisibly wreathed and twisted together. South.

    Here, where the labourer’s hands have form’d a bow’r
    Of wreathing trees, in singing waste an hour. Dryden.

    In the flow’rs that wreath the sparkling bowl,
    Fell adders hiss, and pois’nous serpents rowl. Matthew Prior.

    For thee she feeds her hair,
    And with thy winding ivy wreathes her lance. Dryden.

    The soldier, from successful camps returning,
    With laurel wreath’d, and rich with hostile spoil,
    Severs the bull to Mars. Matthew Prior.


  1. Wreath

    A wreath () is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, or various materials that is constructed to form a circle .In English-speaking countries, wreaths are used typically as household ornaments, most commonly as an Advent and Christmas decoration. They are also used in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe. They can be worn as a chaplet around the head, or as a garland around the neck.


  1. wreath

    A wreath is a circular arrangement of flowers, leaves, or other materials typically used as an ornamental piece for decoration. It is often used symbolically to represent eternal life, love, victory or honor. Mostly associated with Christmas decorations, funerals, or commemorations. In mathematics, 'wreath product' is a specialized operation between groups.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wreathnoun

    something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers

  2. Wreathnoun

    a garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor

  3. Wreathnoun

    an appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest (see Illust. of Crest). It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the arms

  4. Etymology: [OE. wrethe, AS. wr a twisted band, fr. wran to twist. See Writhe.]


  1. Wreath

    A wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring. In English-speaking countries, wreaths are used typically as household ornaments, mainly as Christmas decorations to celebrate the birth of Christ. They are also used in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe. Wreaths have much history and symbolism associated with them. They are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. Bay laurel may also be used, and these wreaths are known as laurel wreath.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wreath

    rēth, n. a chaplet: a garland: anything long and circular: a defect in glass.—v.t. Wreathe (rēth), to form by twisting: to form into a wreath: to twine about or encircle.—v.i. to be interwoven.—adj. Wreath′en (th), wreathed.—n. Wreath′er (th).—adjs. Wreath′less; Wreath′y. [A.S. wrædh, 'a twisted band'—wríthan, to writhe.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. wreath

    In heraldry, a garland of twisted silk, by which the crest is joined to the helmet. A crest is always understood to be placed on a torce, unless where it is expressly stated to issue out of a coronet or chapeau.

  2. wreath

    In heraldry, a wreath is a twisted garland of silk of different colors, otherwise called a torce, on which it has, since the 14th century, been usual to place the crest. The side-view of a wreath exhibits six divisions, which are generally tinctured with the living colors,—that is, the principal metal and color of the shield. Every crest is now understood to be placed upon a wreath, except when it is expressly stated to issue out of a chapeau or coronet. A wreath, when represented alone, shows its circular form. A Moor’s head is sometimes encircled with a heraldic wreath. A wreath is always understood to be the twisted garland of silk above explained, unless otherwise specified; but wreaths of laurel, oak, ivy, etc., sometimes occur, and savages used as supporters are often wreathed about the head and middle with laurel. Ordinaries are occasionally wreathed, otherwise called tortille, in which case they are represented as if composed of two colors, twisted as in the heraldic wreath; as in the coat of Carmichael, argent, a fess wreathed azure and gules.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wreath is ranked #83834 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wreath surname appeared 224 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wreath.

    91.5% or 205 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. rethaw

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreath in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of wreath in a Sentence

  1. Karen Worcester:

    Our view is that if you want to put a Christmas wreath on a veteran's grave, that's fine. But then you must first request that, or you make sure that, in this case, Wreaths Across America has absolute empirical and express approval to do it.

  2. Jeremy Corbyn:

    I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.”

  3. Red Skelton:

    I personably believe that as long as we have the tree of the Christ Child in our living room and a wreath on the door and as long as men can kneel down and pray to God that there’ll be less men on their knees shooting guns in foxholes. Remember it’s the birthday of the Christ Child and not a holiday for the greedy and with this in mind, may I say Merry Christmas to you all and God bless you.”

  4. Bam Adebayo:

    Going there, putting a wreath down for those who were missing, those who were recovered, those who didn’t make it, it just hits you all at once that it could have been some of your friends, that it could have been anyone in here, i talked to the first responders and they were still full of hope. I felt like I was a therapy person. That’s why I say it’s my city because those faces, they responded to me. I wasn’t doing anything special. I was just showing up and giving my support to them.

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