A square cap with three flat projections on top, worn by Roman Catholic clergymen.
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- Part of the pathos of Durcan's Richelieu lies in his obsessive awareness that if he ‘drops’ the talismanic biretta / crown, the game will be up and the show will be over.
- In confusion, Paul VI perched the wrong birettas on the wrong heads: the American Lawrence Sheehan's large biretta landed on Dante's small Italian head, hanging down over his ears.
- In the present restorationist situation in the church, many leaders are satisfied with the middle-aged vocation with a biretta on his head, an ample cassock, and a conviction that he must teach the laity to obey him.
late 16th century: from Italian berretta or Spanish birreta, based on late Latin birrus 'hooded cape'. Compare with beret.
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