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

[He] of his tortuous train Curled many a wanton wreath. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor. [1913 Webster]

Conquest doth grant He dear wreath to the Grecian combatant. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

Far back in the ages, The plow with wreaths was crowned. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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