a stiff square cap with three or four upright projecting pieces extending from the center of the top to the edge, worn by ecclesiastics.
- Also ber·ret·ta, bir·ret·ta .
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How to use biretta in a sentence
He sighed, but resigning himself to the inevitable, lifted his biretta as he came up to the door.Earl Hubert's Daughter | Emily Sarah Holt
Then came a large man with bold features and dark complexion, wearing a purple robe edged with red and a red biretta.The Eternal City | Hall Caine
On our heads we wore a fascinating "biretta," or cap with a tall feather.A Tatter of Scarlet | S. R. Crockett
Cerini was clad in the black silk soutane of his learned order, with the biretta upon his head.The Spell | William Dana Orcutt
The pope first invests him with the rochet and red biretta, but there is no formal ceremony.
British Dictionary definitions for biretta
RC Church a stiff clerical cap having either three or four upright pieces projecting outwards from the centre to the edge: coloured black for priests, purple for bishops, red for cardinals, and white for certain members of religious orders
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