verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- tienanmen square,
- tiepolo, giovanni battista,
- tier table,
- tierce de picardie,
Origin of tier1
Origin of tier2
Examples from the Web for tier
YouTube is already part of their mainstream culture, rather than being this second tier of media.
Minority students at a second or third tier school are dealing with much bigger gaps.Affirmative Action: Who Does it Help, Who Does it Hurt?|Megan McArdle|June 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Megan: What happens to people who graduate from second or third tier schools?
If he can temper those tendencies, the debate could propel him to the first tier of the race.
So how might the members of our Republican second tier make their precious moments on camera sparkle?
The casemates (gunrooms) of the lower tier on the left flank were surmounted by a second tier identical in appearance.Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina|Frank Barnes
The nest was ovate, about an inch and a half long, with a tier of cells internally, originating from a common pedicle.Insect Architecture|James Rennie
One tier was near the top of the bluff, another about halfway down from the summit to the water.A Daughter of the Union|Lucy Foster Madison
The first tier was notched into the green sward, and the second tier was nine inches below it.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire|Charles Hardwick
She had only one tier of guns on the upper-deck, as ports were not used in those days.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
- a layer or level
- (in combination)a three-tier cake
Word Origin for tier
"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."