- 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.
- to adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
Origin of diadem
Examples from the Web for diadem
It is a diadem fit for a King among kings, an Emperor among emperors.
I do this every day, and yet the joy of waiting and at last touching again the diadem, only seems to increase as the days pass.
Mrs. Roberts had been at work hunting diamonds for His diadem.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
On a throne of rocks, with a robe of clouds, And a diadem of snow.Byeways in Palestine
In truth it was upon that brow that he would have wished to place the diadem.King Candaules
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.Gathering Jewels</p>
James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Americans are all equal—this is one of the gems in our diadem.As A Chinaman Saw Us
- a royal crown, esp a light jewelled circlet
- royal dignity or power
- (tr) to adorn or crown with or as with a diadem
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.