noun Roman Catholic Church.
or ber·ret·ta, bir·ret·ta
Origin of biretta
Related Words for berrettaadministrator, pontiff, pope, cleric, patriarch, director, priest, prelate, angel, metropolitan, primate, cap, coadjutor, overseer, diocesan, suffragan, archer, mitre, miter, berretta
Examples from the Web for berretta
Historical Examples of 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.
Word Origin for biretta
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."