- one of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, as of seats in an amphitheater, boxes in a theater, guns in a man-of-war, or oars in an ancient galley.
- one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.
- a layer; level; stratum: The wedding cake had six tiers. All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.
- Australian. a mountain range.
- to arrange in tiers.
- to rise in tiers.
Origin of tier1
- a person or thing that ties.
- Nautical. a short rope or band for securing a furled sail.
- New England. a child's apron or pinafore.
Origin of tier2
Related Words for tiercategory, layer, row, league, story, group, string, grade, series, rank, class, queue, course, range, pigeonhole, file, stratum, line, echelon, order
Examples from the Web for tier
Contemporary Examples of tier
YouTube is already part of their mainstream culture, rather than being this second tier of media.YouTube, Netflix, and the Death of Television
November 14, 2013
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?
June 24, 2013
Megan: What happens to people who graduate from second or third tier schools?The Perils of Law School
September 24, 2012
If he can temper those tendencies, the debate could propel him to the first tier of the race.GOP Debate: 5 Things to Watch
David A. Graham
November 9, 2011
So how might the members of our Republican second tier make their precious moments on camera sparkle?How Michele Gets Her Groove Back
September 22, 2011
Historical Examples of tier
Then they ran along the second tier of roofs beneath the open heavens.
The porters arranged them symmetrically, tier by tier, on the vehicles.
Everybody in the yawl was eagerly looking after the form of Tier.
When we got into dock we had lost our turn for loading, and they hauled us off to a tier where we remained for a month.Youth
"It's steep to-night," he mutters, as tier on tier of cloud drops under.With The Night Mail
- one of a set of rows placed one above and behind the other, such as theatre seats
- a layer or level
- (in combination)a three-tier cake
- a rank, order, or row
- to be or arrange in tiers
Word Origin for tier
- a person or thing that ties
"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."