[ teer ]
See synonyms for: tiertiers on Thesaurus.com

  1. 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.

  2. one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.

  1. a layer; level; stratum: The wedding cake had six tiers.All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.

  2. Australian. a mountain range.

verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in tiers.

verb (used without object)
  1. to rise in tiers.

Origin of tier

First recorded in 1560–70; earlier also tire, tyre, teare, from Middle French, Old French tire, tiere “order, row, rank,” from Germanic; compare Old English, Old Saxon tīr, Old High German zēri “glory, adornment”

Other definitions for tier (2 of 2)

[ tahy-er ]

  1. a person or thing that ties.

  2. Nautical. a short rope or band for securing a furled sail.

  1. New England. a child's apron or pinafore.

Origin of tier

First recorded in 1625–35; tie + -er1

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How to use tier in a sentence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for tier (1 of 2)


/ (tɪə) /

  1. 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

  1. a rank, order, or row

  1. to be or arrange in tiers

Origin of tier

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

British Dictionary definitions for tier (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtaɪə) /

  1. a person or thing that ties

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