[tee-ar-uh, -ahr-uh, -air-uh]


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 formsti·ar·aed, adjectiveti·ar·a·like, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of tiara

Historical Examples of tiara

  • 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.

  • 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 Formstiaraed, adjective

Word Origin for tiara

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).

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