Wreath (?; 277), n.; pl.
Wreaths (#). [OE. wrethe, AS.
wrǣð a twisted band, fr. wrīðan to
twist. See Writhe.]
1. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a
wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers. "A wrethe
of gold." Chaucer.
[He] of his tortuous train Milton.
Curled many a wanton wreath.
2. A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a
Conquest doth grant
He dear wreath to the Grecian combatant.
Far back in the ages, Bryant.
The plow with wreaths was crowned.
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.