Definition of wreath noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//riːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːθ//
    (pl. wreaths
    BrE BrE//riːðz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːðz//
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  1. 1an arrangement of flowers and leaves, especially in the shape of a circle, placed on graves, etc. as a sign of respect for somebody who has died The Queen laid a wreath at the war memorial.
  2. 2an arrangement of flowers and/or leaves in the shape of a circle, traditionally hung on doors as a decoration at Christmas a holly wreath
  3. 3a circle of flowers or leaves worn on the head, and used in the past as a sign of honour a laurel wreath
  4. 4(literary) a circle of smoke, cloud, etc. wreaths of mist More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  5. Word OriginOld English writha, related to writhe.Extra examples Olive wreaths were awarded to the Olympic victors. She wore a wreath of roses around her head. The President laid a wreath at the war memorial.
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