Definition of tiara in English:



  • 1A jewelled ornamental band worn on the front of a woman's hair.

    • ‘They wore jewellery, bright female robes and turbans or tiaras over female-style hair styles.’
    • ‘She received a cheque for E500, a sash and a tiara, hair products, a piece of crystal and flowers.’
    • ‘Besides, are all the rhinestones in your tiara always in place?’
    • ‘Debbie also got a tiara because the band she'd made a while ago doesn't go with the new style wedding dress.’
    • ‘There are also bridal accessories such as tiaras, head dresses and jewellery, as well as a large selection of 2003 feathers and hats.’
    • ‘Her hair was in a delicate up-do with a sparkly tiara and a short veil.’
    • ‘‘I got you a surprise,’ she said as she attached a jeweled tiara to my hair.’
    • ‘She also wore a tiara in her hair designed by Carl Faberge in the style of a laurel wreath, set with cushion shaped diamonds.’
    • ‘She even had a tiara in her hair as if to declare she was a princess.’
    • ‘Therefore, Crown jewels might include everything from the regalia to swords, tiaras, rings and brooches.’
    • ‘She didn't have bangs and using the headband she'd created this sort of tiara of hair over her forehead.’
    • ‘Next stop was Smith Street, where I purchased some extremely tragic fake plastic bling - a necklace, earrings, a tiara and a hilarious pimp daddy ring.’
    • ‘There is an idea amongst people who never go to classical concerts - which is the majority of the population - that it is full of people in tiaras and cummerbunds.’
    • ‘Loraine combed through her hair with the ivory comb, than placed her diamond-studded tiara on her auburn hair.’
    • ‘She wore a diamanté tiara and a waist-length veil.’
    • ‘In the picture were two little girls in matching dresses and tiaras standing in front of Thoroughbred horses at the barn.’
    • ‘She was clothed in flowing gown of silver, a matching shade to the streaks in her hair, and a tiara of diamonds and glistening jewels.’
    • ‘The auction contains a treasure trove of signature pieces including chokers, tiaras, earrings and a myriad of other costume jewelry once owned by Hilton.’
    • ‘You can certainly have your professional hair designer add hair ornaments, hair jewelry, snoods or a tiara.’
    • ‘Bain says that he repairs all sorts of jewellery, from rings to bracelets and even the odd tiara.’
  • 2A high diadem encircled with three crowns and worn by a pope.

    • ‘Since Pope Paul VI set aside his tiara after the second Vatican Council the Papal Tiara has not been used.’
    • ‘Chigi was money-lender to Pope Julius II, who once pawned his papal tiara to him.’
    • ‘A crown almost as ornate as a papal tiara was centered on the sampler.’
    • ‘The testa di cavallo shield, superimposed on the crossed keys, is crowned by the papal tiara.’
    • ‘The Domenican prelate had reluctantly accepted the papal tiara in 1724, leaving with great regret his bishopric in Benevento.’
    • ‘The pope in his distinguishing robe and tiara carries a monstrance containing the holy Eucharist, as clerics process before him and the laity behind.’
    • ‘God the Father, he notices, is wearing a papal tiara, ‘a comparison of the pope to God.’’
    • ‘Peruse any illustrated Inferno, and you will find, among the pictured thieves, usurers, murderers, and traitors, numerous tonsured pates, episcopal miters, and papal tiaras.’
    • ‘When the conclave at the third scrutiny elected Gioacchino Pecci to the tiara as Leo XIII, the schism between the papacy and the Italian government widened.’
    • ‘Finally, at a time designated by the Pope, the eldest cardinal deacon crowns the new Pope with the triple tiara of the papacy.’
    crown, coronet, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garland
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    1. 2.1historical A turban worn by ancient Persian kings.
      • ‘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.