Definition of diadem in English:



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

    • ‘And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Excavations in the 1960s had recovered gold diadems and other jewelry, a silver vase, glass bowls, coins, and much pottery.’
    • ‘As described by Alain, her diadem represents the heavens with all the constellations, while her clothing represents the earthly realm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On a coin of Pompey the Great the bearded head of Numa appears in profile, wearing a diadem inscribed NVMA.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here are some of the jewels that have recently been added to the diadem.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She'd been dressed in a sleek blue dress, a diadem placed on her head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The diadem on her head was all that marked her as royalty.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garland
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    1. 1.1archaic The authority or dignity symbolized by a diadem.
      ‘the princely diadem’
      • ‘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 around.