- 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
Examples from the Web for tiering
Historical Examples of tiering
A foot above the top of these, another line may be made; and so on, tiering them up to the height intended to devote to them.Rural Architecture
Lewis Falley Allen
- 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."