Definition of diadem in English:



  • 1A jewelled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.

    • ‘Magnificent bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings, armlets, earrings, diadems, head ornaments, pectoral ornaments and collars of gold were all produced in ancient Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs.’
    • ‘And then, preacher friend, ‘Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem, in the hand of thy God.’’
    • ‘The description of the composition can be related to only one surviving picture by Raphael - the Madonna of the diadem in the Louvre - but this painting is rectangular, and no circular versions of it are known.’
    • ‘Rather than present a remote and solemn goddess, adorned with the jewels of her divine position, Chen portrayed an aging woman, wrapped in a simple robe and unadorned, except for a bracelet and a diadem.’
    • ‘And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.’
    • ‘From 330 his status was displayed in his court dress, which combined the traditional Macedonian hat and cloak with the Persian diadem, tunic, and girdle.’
    • ‘Here are some of the jewels that have recently been added to the diadem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a beauty pageant in a women's penitentiary, a pretty 22-year-old (crime unspecified) won a silver diadem and the title of Miss Captivity.’
    • ‘The only hints of their original identity are provided by the diadem and wreath of Statue A and the Corinthian helmet (now lost) of Statue B.’
    • ‘She'd been dressed in a sleek blue dress, a diadem placed on her head.’
    • ‘As described by Alain, her diadem represents the heavens with all the constellations, while her clothing represents the earthly realm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On May 15, 1838, at Buckingham Palace she wore the diadem made in 1820 for the coronation of George IV, making her the only American ever to have worn the British crown.’
    • ‘It will include Tutankhamun's royal diadem - the gold crown discovered on his head - and one of the canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.’
    • ‘The exhibition also includes the Queen's diamond diadem, made for George IV's coronation in 1821 and known to millions as the ornament worn by the Queen on British coins and stamps.’
    • ‘The seven-year-old was playing Queen Victoria, spangled with plastic diadems, and though she had only one line, she belted it out in a particularly regal way.’
    • ‘On a coin of Pompey the Great the bearded head of Numa appears in profile, wearing a diadem inscribed NVMA.’
    • ‘The diadem on her head was all that marked her as royalty.’
    crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garland
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    1. 1.1archaic The authority or dignity symbolized by a crown.
      ‘he refused the diadem of all the Caesars’
      • ‘Grant him the enduring crown with the radiant and noble diadem.’


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