Definition of biretta
: a square cap with three ridges on top worn by clergymen especially of the Roman Catholic Church
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The deeply revered priest was a tall man with a long Old World beard and a biretta cap perched on his head.
Tip o' the biretta to David Weinberger, Paul Boutin, James R. Giusti, and Paul McFedries.
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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
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
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