Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornamental, often jeweled, crownlike semicircle worn on the head by women on formal occasions.
  • n. The triple crown worn by the pope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The papal crown.
  • n. An ornamental coronet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of headdress worn by the ancient Persians. According to Xenophon, the royal tiara was encircled with a diadem, and was high and erect, while those of the people were flexible, or had rims turned over.
  • n. The pope's triple crown. It was at first a round, high cap, but was afterward encompassed with a crown, subsequently with a second, and finally with a third. Fig.: The papal dignity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornament or article of dress with which the ancient Persians covered the head: a kind of turban.
  • n. A cylindrical diadem pointed at the top, tipped with the mound and cross of sovereignty, and surrounded with three crowns, which the Pope wears as a symbol of his threefold sovereignty.
  • n. Figuratively, the papal dignity.
  • n. A coronet or frontal; an ornament for the head: used loosely for any such ornament considered unusually rich: as, a tiara of brilliants.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a tall cap-like or pointed dome surrounded by three crowns, one above the other, and having at the point an orb and cross: it is supposed to represent the crown of the Pope.
  • n. In conchology: A miter-shell.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of miter-shells.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a jeweled headdress worn by women on formal occasions

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin tiāra, turban, headband, from Greek tiārā.

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  • Another term used in heraldry.

    December 11, 2010