or ber·ret·ta, bir·ret·ta
- a stiff square cap with three or four upright projecting pieces extending from the center of the top to the edge, worn by ecclesiastics.
Origin of biretta
Examples from the Web for berretta
He put on his berretta and left the room, the other men following him.A Lost Cause
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Why did you refuse the berretta, and almost at the last moment?Tables of the Law; & The Adoration of the Magi
William Butler Yeats
The stockings, gloves, skull cap and berretta are of scarlet.Rome
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
The men wear a flat Scotch cap of some bright colour, and call it ‘berretta.’Prose Idylls
Berretta in mano non fece mai danno—Cap in hand never harmed any one.
- a variant spelling of biretta
- RC Church a stiff clerical cap having either three or four upright pieces projecting outwards from the centre to the edge: coloured black for priests, purple for bishops, red for cardinals, and white for certain members of religious orders
Word Origin and History for berretta
square cap worn by Catholic clergy, 1590s, from Italian beretta, from Late Latin birrus, birrum "large cloak with hood;" perhaps of Gaulish origin, or from Greek pyrros "flame-colored, yellow."