- being or arranged in tiers or layers (usually used in combination): a two-tiered box of chocolates.
Origin of tiered
- one of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, as of seats in an amphitheater, boxes in a theater, guns in a man-of-war, or oars in an ancient galley.
- one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.
- a layer; level; stratum: The wedding cake had six tiers. All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.
- Australian. a mountain range.
- to arrange in tiers.
- to rise in tiers.
Origin of tier1
Examples from the Web for tiered
“All training is tiered to the level of risk each person may encounter,” said USAMRIID spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
October 17, 2014
A tiered licensing system could apply to different types of weapons.A Former Navy Firearms Instructor and Proud Gun Owner On Why We Need Common Sense Gun Control
May 14, 2014
But then he vowed to hold the line against a tiered system of justice in America.Obama’s Turning Point on Detainees
April 23, 2013
Or use the Julia Child approach and sauté the vegetables before intricately layering them to create a tiered casserole?Don't Call It a Peasant Dish
October 13, 2009
The tiered walls of logs arose to the sighs and groans of the Nulato Indians.Lost Face
She rose and, lighting the wick at the wavering crown of tiered tapers, placed it so that it dominated all the rest.The Wasted Generation
Now, it was the proudly an tiered stag, careering free over miles and miles of waste.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Brittain stepped down the tiered floor and took a rear seat near a frightened-looking blonde girl.Instant of Decision
Gordon Randall Garrett
On a platform opposite, paralleling the tracks, were tiered cotton bales, shining white in the furnace lights.Fighting Byng</p>
- one of a set of rows placed one above and behind the other, such as theatre seats
- a layer or level
- (in combination)a three-tier cake
- a rank, order, or row
- to be or arrange in tiers
- a person or thing that ties
Word Origin and History for tiered
"row, rank, range," 1560s, from Middle French tire, from Old French tire "rank, sequence, order" (early 13c.), probably from tirer "to draw, draw out" (see tirade). Some suggests the French noun is from a Germanic source akin to Old High German ziari, German Zier "adornment," Old English tir "glory, honor."