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[tee-ar-uh, -ahr-uh, -air-uh] /tiˈær ə, -ˈɑr ə, -ˈɛər ə/
a jeweled, ornamental coronet worn by women.
Roman Catholic Church. a head-piece consisting of three coronets on top of which is an orb and a cross, worn by the pope, or carried before him during certain nonliturgical functions.
the position, authority, and dignity of the pope.
a high headdress, or turban, worn by the ancient Persians and others.
Origin of tiara
1545-55; < Latin: headdress < Greek tiā́ra kind of turban
Related forms
tiaraed, adjective
tiaralike, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was for them the sign of princeship, as a tiara was the sign of godhead.

  • “I can see Carleton rather fancying himself in a tiara,” she said.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Cæsar was not in Rome at the time his father received the tiara.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • tiara now arose to go, but it was evident that there was something yet unspoken.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • She also knew that if ever a man loved a woman, Ensal was in love with tiara.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for tiara


a woman's semicircular jewelled headdress for formal occasions
a high headdress worn by Persian kings in ancient times
(RC Church)
  1. a headdress worn by the pope, consisting of a beehive-shaped diadem surrounded by three coronets
  2. the office or rank of pope
Derived Forms
tiaraed, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, of Oriental origin
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Word Origin and History for tiara

1550s, "headdress of the Persian kings" (also worn by men of rank), from Latin tiara, from Greek tiara, of unknown origin. Earlier in anglicized form tiar (1510s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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