laurel wreath

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laurel wreath (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
    • n laurel wreath an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
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Usage

In literature:

But he stood solemn, silent, in a purple mantle and a wreath of golden laurels, gazing at the raging might of the flames.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
To-morrow I shall crown you with a wreath of laurel.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
She framed the portrait as it were in a golden laurel wreath.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I have no intention of wrenching the laurel wreathes from these august brows.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
He gave Toby a grateful look, as though disposed to crown him with a laurel wreath becoming a victor.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
Enormous laurel wreaths on several upholstered armchairs.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
What did Lafayette do with the laurel wreath presented to him at Yorktown?
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
They were thick wreaths of laurel, adorned with simple ribbon bows.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Lebrun came in; we wiped off his powder, undid his side curls, and put a wreath of laurels on his head.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Is not Aspasia worthy of the laurel wreath for the results of her life on "the city of the violet crown"?
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
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In poetry:

Or wreathe with laurel-words the icy brows
That ache no longer with a dream of fame,
But, pillowed lowly in the narrow house,
Renowned beyond the name.
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley
His is no paltry fading laurel bough,
No trophy when the useless fight is o'er,
But one green wreath of brotherhood is now
Girt round these toil-seam'd brows for evermore.
"Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
Pardon, good friends! I am not here to mar
His laureled wreaths with this poor tinseled crown--
This man who taught me how 'twas better far
To be the poem than to write it down.
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
Earth's mighty conquerors, it is said, have founded
Orders of merit, after fields were won.
And victors' brows the laurel wreath surrounded,
To tell of daring deeds most bravely done.
"Servants" by Nora Pembroke
Then roses, rich in sweet perfume,
Shall wreathe with bloom each terraced wall,
And, scattered through the leafy gloom
Of olive-groves and laurels tall,
Shall many a marble nymph and faun
Grow lovelier from the flush of dawn.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard
None wept, -none pitied;- they who knelt
At morning by the despot's throne,
At evening dashed the laurelled bust,
And spurned the wreaths themselves had strown;
The shout of triumph echoed wide,
The self-stung reptile writhed and died!
"The Dying Seneca" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The badge, about three inches wide, said "Olympic Project for Human Rights," the words outlined by a green laurel wreath.
To date, the London-based Laureus group (the name is a derivation of the laurel wreath given to Olympic athletes) has backed.
When the Greeks ruled the world—or at least, part of it—writers wore a laurel wreath to signify their connection to Apollo, the patron god of poets.
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