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diadem

Syllabification: di·a·dem
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌdem
 
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Definition of diadem in English:

noun

1A jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.
Example sentences
  • A small proportion of the graves contained exceptionally rich grave goods, including gold sceptres, diadems, pendants, and earrings as well as copper artefacts, pottery, and flint tools.
  • Among the first people to embrace wreaths were ancient Persians, who wore diadems made of fabric and jewels - the wreath standing in for wealth and power.
  • Excavations in the 1960s had recovered gold diadems and other jewelry, a silver vase, glass bowls, coins, and much pottery.
Synonyms
crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet
literary coronal
1.1 (the diadem) archaic The authority or dignity symbolized by a diadem: the princely diadem
More example sentences
  • Grant him the enduring crown with the radiant and noble diadem.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French diademe, via Latin from Greek diadēma 'the regal headband of the Persian kings', from diadein 'bind around'.

Derivatives

diademed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The asses and denarii minted by C. Marcius Censorinus show him in profile as a bearded and diademed man.
  • As planned, I set up a base camp in the north of the park and set out to study the two largest lemurs, Propithecus diadema diadema (commonly known as the diademed sifaka) and Indri indri (commonly known as the indri).
  • Juliet's death, at the school's Ivoloina Zoological Park in Madagascar, was a blow to scientists, who had hoped that the female would mate with Romeo, a male diademed sifaka, who has been at the center in North Carolina since 1993.

Words that rhyme with diadem

proemidemmodem

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