wreath - Wiktionary

wreath – Wiktionary



See writhe.

A wreath, or torse, in argent (silver) and gules (purple) lies between the highest of the helmet and the eagle crest.



wreath (plural wreaths)

  1. One thing twisted, intertwined, or curled.

    a wreath of smoke;  a wreath of clouds

    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid: A Story of Adventures, being the Unusual Experiences of Roy LeFevre within the Desert in the course of the 12 months 1884, London; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Dublin: Blackie and Son, OCLC 192021084:

      The desert storm was driving in its energy; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed round and over them.

  2. A decorative round band made, for instance, of plaited flowers and leaves, and used as ornament; a garland or chaplet, particularly one given to a victor.
    • 1913, Joseph Crosby Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt’s Sufferers, New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt, OCLC 2412914:

      So, after a spell, he determined to make the perfect of it and shoved us into the entrance parlor. ‘Twas a dismal kind of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land is aware of what all.

  3. (heraldry) An appendage to the protect, positioned above it, and supporting the crest; an orle, a torse. It typically represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured just like the principal steel, the opposite just like the principal colour within the coat of arms.
    Synonyms: orle, torse
  4. A defect in glass.



wreath (third-person singular easy current wreaths, current participle wreathing, easy previous and previous participle wreathed)

  1. To put an entwined circle of flowers upon or round one thing.
    • 1958, The Greek Anthology, p. 349:
      Previous Nico wreathed the tomb of maiden Melitê.
  2. (transitive) To wrap round one thing in a circle.
    On the funeral, a circle of comrades wreathed the grave of the honored deceased.
  3. (intransitive) To twist, writhe or spiral within the type of a wreath.
    • 1816, Lord Byron, “Stanzas for Music,” 4,[1]
      Although wit might flash from fluent lips, and mirth distract the breast,
      By midnight hours that yield no extra their former hope of relaxation;
      ’Tis however as ivy-leaves across the ruined turret wreath
      All inexperienced and wildly contemporary with out, however worn and gray beneath.


Half or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 version of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now freed from copyright and therefore within the public area. The imported definitions could also be considerably outdated, and any more moderen senses could also be fully lacking.
(See the entry for wreath in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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