Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ring or circlet of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.
  • n. A representation of this ring or circlet, as in woodwork.
  • n. A curling or circular form: a wreath of smoke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To place an entwined circle of flowers upon or around something.
  • v. To wrap around something in a circle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.
  • n. A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See wreathe.
  • n. A twisted band; something twisted, as a flowering branch, into a circular form; especially, a sort of crown made of natural or artificial flowers sewed to a stem, or of thin metal-work, filigree, or the like; a garland; a chaplet.
  • n. In heraldry:
  • n. A garland or diadem for the head.
  • n. The tail of a wild boar: mentioned in the blazon only when of a different tincture from the rest of the bearing.
  • n. Something resembling a twisted band; something narrow, long, and circular, of slightly irregular outline.
  • n. A defect in glass, consisting of a wavy appearance, due to want of uniform density. This defect is most common in flint-glass.
  • n. The trochal disk of a rotifer with its fringe of cilia. See cuts under Rotifera and trochal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha, band.

Examples

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  • "4. The tail of a wild boar: mentioned in the blazon only when of a different tincture from the rest of the bearing.

    5. Something resembling a twisted band; something narrow, long, and circular, of slightly irregular outline.

    6. A defect in glass, consisting of a wavy appearance, due to want of uniform density. This defect is most common in flint-glass.

    7. The trochal disk of a rotifer with its fringe of cilia. See cuts under Rotifera and trochal."

    --Century Dictionary

    April 1, 2011