Pronunciation: (rēth), [key]
—n., pl. wreathsPronunciation: (rē&thslash;z, rēths), [key]
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 or formation: a wreath of clouds.
3. (in stair building)
a. a curved section of a handrail.
b. Also called wreath'piece". a curved section of a string.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.