or ber·ret·ta, bir·ret·ta
- a stiff square cap with three or four upright projecting pieces extending from the center of the top to the edge, worn by ecclesiastics.
Origin of biretta
Related Wordshelmet, hat, turban, tiara, cap, crown, bonnet, coronet, hood, coiffure, biretta, toque, busby, miter, bandore
Examples from the Web for biretta
The colouring, with its clear reds of the biretta and the robe, is very successful.Luca Signorelli
On others he wears a cap of a very peculiar character, which has been compared to a biretta, but is really altogether sui generis.
He must also provide the Bishop with a horse, gloves, and a biretta when he rides abroad.St. Nicholas
George H. McKnight
On our heads we wore a fascinating "biretta," or cap with a tall feather.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
The old Norma, straight from Biretta's Bookshop, had been pretty in plain serge and shabby fur.The Beloved Woman
- 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
Word Origin and History 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."