biretta

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noun bi·ret·ta \bə-ˈre-tə\

Definition of biretta

  1. :  a square cap with three ridges on top worn by clergymen especially of the Roman Catholic Church

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Origin and Etymology of biretta

Italian berretta, from Old Occitan berret cap, from Medieval Latin birretum, from Late Latin birrus cloak with a hood, perhaps of Celt origin; akin to Middle Irish berr short


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