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[dahy-uh-dem] /ˈdaɪ əˌdɛm/
a crown.
a cloth headband, sometimes adorned with jewels, formerly worn by monarchs in Asia Minor and other parts of the East.
royal dignity or authority.
verb (used with object)
to adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
Origin of diadem
1250-1300; Middle English diademe (< Anglo-French) < Latin diadēma < Greek diádēma fillet, band, equivalent to diadē- (verbid stem of diadeîn to bind round + -ma noun suffix Unabridged
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  • He next surveyed the picture of the young lady,—a maiden robed in jewelled attire with pearl necklace, diadem, and sceptre.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Inside three minutes the two craft were clear of the diadem.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • This crown of mine'—the King laid his hand upon the diadem he wore—'often gives me a headache.

  • Next to these came Perseus' chariot, in which his armor was placed, and on that his diadem.

  • The queen's diadem, as it is called, is an elegant affair, rich in huge diamonds and pearls.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • How glossy black was that hair with its diadem of white roses!

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • When he appeared before Queen Anne of Austria, the woman who wore a diadem thought it a privilege to kiss his mutilated hands.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • The open wound in the forehead of the slain Christian shone like a diadem.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
British Dictionary definitions for diadem


a royal crown, esp a light jewelled circlet
royal dignity or power
(transitive) to adorn or crown with or as with a diadem
Word Origin
C13: from Latin diadēma, from Greek: fillet, royal headdress, from diadein to bind around, from dia- + dein to bind
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Word Origin and History for diadem

late 13c., from Old French diademe and directly from Latin diadema "cloth band worn around the head as a sign of royalty," from Greek diadema, from diadein "to bind across," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + dein "to bind," related to desmos "band," from PIE *de- "to bind." Used of the headband worn by Persian kings and adopted by Alexander the Great and his successors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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