Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Tissue-paper is too soft and thin for wreathing the bars of grates.

Abra is introduced in a grove, wreathing a flowery chaplet for her hair.

The frost-smoke is wreathing the red zone of our southern horizon.

The valley was far in the rear, hidden by the wreathing mists.

The mist was rising, and wreathing the colored woods with white.

The flower nodded, too, as if moved by the breeze that was wreathing the smoke over all the roofs.

She held up an ancient brass knocker, a smiling faun's head encircled in wreathing vines.

Across the face of the country, wisps and attenuated clouds of smoke were wreathing their way up and melting in the blue.

Her face was flushed with excitement and, to judge by her wreathing smiles, with happiness.

The “Royal March” of Italy was played, first baldly, then with manifold clinging and wreathing variations.


Old English wriða "fillet, bandage, band" (literally "that which is wound around"), from Proto-Germanic *writhon (cf. Old Norse riða, Danish vride, Old High German ridan "to turn, twist," Old Saxon, Old Frisian wreth "angry," Dutch wreed "rough, harsh, cruel," Old High German reid "twisted," Old Norse reiða "angry"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn, bend" (cf. Old English wriða "band," wriðan "to twist, torture," wraþ "angry"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Meaning "ring or garland of flowers" is first recorded 1560s.