diadem

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noun di·a·dem \ˈdī-ə-ˌdem, -dəm\

Definition of diadem

  1. 1a :  crown 2; specifically :  a royal headbandb :  crown 6a(1) diadems of power

  2. 2 :  something that adorns like a crown

Examples of diadem in a sentence

  1. Miss America's diadem was auctioned off for charity.

Origin and Etymology of diadem

Middle English diademe, from Anglo-French, from Latin diadema, from Greek diadēma, from diadein to bind around, from dia- + dein to bind; akin to Sanskrit dāman rope


First Known Use: 13th century


DIADEM Defined for English Language Learners

diadem

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noun di·a·dem \ˈdī-ə-ˌdem, -dəm\

Definition of diadem for English Language Learners

  • : a crown that is worn especially by a king or queen as a symbol of royalty



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