wreath

  • 1Wreath — (?; 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.… …

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  • 2wreath — [ riθ ] noun count 1. ) a circle of flowers or leaves that you put on a GRAVE to show you are remembering the dead person: lay a wreath: The president laid a wreath at the war memorial. a ) a circle of flowers or leaves that you hang up for… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3wreath — [ri:θ] n [: Old English; Origin: writha] 1.) a circle made from leaves or flowers that you put on the place where a person is buried ▪ The prime minister laid a wreath at the war memorial. 2.) a circle of leaves or flowers that people use to… …

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  • 4wreath — has the plural form wreaths, pronounced reedhz or reeths. The verb, meaning ‘to encircle with a wreath’, is spelt wreathe and is pronounced reedh …

    Modern English usage

  • 5wreath|y — «REE thee», adjective. of the form of a wreath: »wreathy clouds, a wreathy vine …

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  • 6wreath — (n.) O.E. wriða fillet, bandage, band (lit. that which is wound around ), from P.Gmc. *writhon (Cf. O.N. riða, Dan. vride, O.H.G. ridan to turn, twist, O.S., O.Fris. wreth angry, Du. wreed rough, harsh, cruel, O.H.G. reid twisted …

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  • 7wreath — [n] circular decoration band, bay, bouquet, chaplet, circlet, coronal, coronet, crown, festoon, garland, laurel, lei, loop, ring, ringlet; concepts 259,260,429 …

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  • 8wreath — ► NOUN (pl. wreaths) 1) an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring and used for decoration or for laying on a grave. 2) a curl or ring of smoke or cloud. ORIGIN Old English, related to WRITHE(Cf. ↑writhe) …

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  • 9wreath — [rēth] n. pl. wreaths [rēthz, rēths] [ME wrethe < OE writha, a ring, a twisted band < writhan, to twist: see WRITHE] 1. a twisted band or ring of leaves, flowers, etc.; esp., a) a chaplet worn as a mark of honor or victory b) a garland laid …

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  • 10Wreath — A wreath is a ring made of flowers, leaves and sometimes fruits that can be used as an ornament, hanging on a wall or door, or resting on a table. A small wreath can be also worn on the head as a form of headdress.ymbolismWreaths are commonly… …

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  • 11wreath — n. 1) to make, weave a wreath 2) to lay, place a wreath (they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) 3) a bridal; Christmas; floral wreath * * * [riːθ] Christmas Christmas floral wreath weave a wreath place a wreath (they laid a wreath …

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  • 12wreath — wreathlike, adj. /reeth/, n., pl. wreaths /reedhz, reeths/, v. n. 1. a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet. 2. any ringlike, curving, or curling mass …

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  • 13wreath — be·wreath; wreath·en; wreath·er; wreath; wreath·ing·ly; wreath·less; wreath·let; …

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  • 14wreath — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ Christmas, festive, holiday (AmE) ▪ funeral ▪ holly, laurel, olive, poppy (in the UK) …

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  • 15wreath — UK [riːθ] / US [rɪθ] noun [countable] Word forms wreath : singular wreath plural wreaths 1) a circle of flowers or leaves that you put on a grave to show that you are remembering the dead person lay a wreath: The Queen laid a wreath at the war… …

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  • 16wreath´er — wreathe «reeth», verb, wreathed, wreathed or (Archaic) wreath|en, wreath|ing. –v.t. 1. to make into a wreath; twist: »The children wreathed flowers …

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  • 17wreath — [[t]ri͟ːθ[/t]] wreaths 1) N COUNT A wreath is an arrangement of flowers and leaves, usually in the shape of a circle, which you put on a grave or by a statue to show that you remember a person who has died or people who have died. The coffin… …

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  • 18wreath — noun (plural wreaths) Etymology: Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha; akin to Old English wrīthan to twist more at writhe Date: before 12th century 1. something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: as a. a band of intertwined… …

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  • 19wreath — 1. noun /riːθ/ a) Something twisted, intertwined, or curled. a wreath of smoke b) 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. a wreath of… …

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  • 20wreath — Wreathe Wreathe, v. t. [imp. {Wreathed}; p. p. {Wreathed}; Archaic {Wreathen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wreathing}.] [See {Wreath}, n.] [Written also {wreath}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn. [Obs.] [1913… …

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