Definitions for: Wreath


[n] flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
[v] encircle with or as if with a wreath; "Her face was wreathed with blossoms"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wreath (?; 277), n.; pl. Wreaths. [OE. wrethe, AS.
wr[=ae][eth] a twisted band, fr. wr[=i][eth]an to twist. See
Writhe.]
1. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of
smoke; a wreath of flowers. ``A wrethe of gold.''
--Chaucer.

[He] of his tortuous train Curled many a wanton
wreath. --Milton.

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

Conquest doth grant He dear wreath to the Grecian
combatant. --Chapman.

Far back in the ages, The plow with wreaths was
crowned. --Bryant.

3. (Her.) 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.

Synonyms: chaplet, coronal, garland, lei, wreathe

See Also: bay wreath, circle, crown, encircle, environ, flower arrangement, laurel wreath, laurels, ring, round, surround

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