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tier

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[ teer ]
/ tɪər /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in tiers.
verb (used without object)
to rise in tiers.
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Origin of tier

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1560–70; earlier also tire, tyre, teare<Middle French, Old French tire, tiere order, row, rank <Germanic; compare Old English, Old Saxon tīr,Old High German zēri glory, adornment

Other definitions for tier (2 of 2)

tier2
[ tahy-er ]
/ ˈtaɪ ər /

noun
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 tier

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First recorded in 1625–35; tie + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for tier (1 of 2)

tier1
/ (tɪə) /

noun
one of a set of rows placed one above and behind the other, such as theatre seats
  1. a layer or level
  2. (in combination)a three-tier cake
a rank, order, or row
verb
to be or arrange in tiers

Word Origin for tier

C16: from Old French tire rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old English tīr embellishment

British Dictionary definitions for tier (2 of 2)

tier2
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

noun
a person or thing that ties
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