Definition of tiara in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɪˈɑːrə/


1A jewelled ornamental band worn on the front of a woman’s hair.
Example sentences
  • You can certainly have your professional hair designer add hair ornaments, hair jewelry, snoods or a tiara.
  • She received a cheque for E500, a sash and a tiara, hair products, a piece of crystal and flowers.
  • The auction contains a treasure trove of signature pieces including chokers, tiaras, earrings and a myriad of other costume jewelry once owned by Hilton.
2A high diadem encircled with three crowns and worn by a pope.
Example sentences
  • Finally, at a time designated by the Pope, the eldest cardinal deacon crowns the new Pope with the triple tiara of the papacy.
  • God the Father, he notices, is wearing a papal tiara, ‘a comparison of the pope to God.’
  • The testa di cavallo shield, superimposed on the crossed keys, is crowned by the papal tiara.
2.1 historical A turban worn by ancient Persian kings.
Example sentences
  • The Persian tiara was more similar to a truncated cone, without the horns and feathers but more jewels, and a conic-shaped tip at its top.


Mid 16th century (denoting the Persian royal headdress): via Latin from Greek, partly via Italian. Sense 1 dates from the early 18th century.

Words that rhyme with tiara

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