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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Definitions for diadem

  1. A crown.
  2. An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
  3. Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.

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Citations for diadem
On the far side of the cloister in the long, chapel-like room called the Treasure, she sits on her throne -- a small stiff gold figure robed in gold and covered with jewels and crowned with a golden diadem. Hannah Green, Little Saint
The sky above is blue; the many clouds -- sun-drenched, gilded, lively -- have moved down, settled like a great diadem on the broad ring of the encircling mountains. Milan Kundera, The Guardian
Origin of diadem
Diadem derives from Greek diadema, "a band," from diadein, "to bind around," from dia, "through, across" + dein, "to bind."