ti·​ara | \ tē-ˈer-ə How to pronounce tiara (audio) , -ˈär- \

Definition of tiara

1 : a 3-tiered crown worn by the pope
2 : a decorative jeweled or flowered headband or semicircle for formal wear by women

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Recent Examples on the Web In Tampa Bay, Florida, Miss Juneteenth Samantha Underwood accepted a tiara the size of a Bishop’s hat, having sailed through categories like Artistic Expression, Presentation and Community Achievement, and Presence and Poise. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Miss Juneteenth Is Your New Fave Pageant Movie, Mother-Daughter Drama, and Celebration of Black Women All in One," 19 June 2020 Ruffles were layered, veils and tiaras were worthy of a queen, and accessories were a must. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Bells, brides and ceramics: Yenke Peddler antiques," 4 June 2020 This impressive art form began in 710 B.C. by Greek settlers, and, in the past 20 years, archaeologists have found Crotone creations made between 600 B.C. and 400 B.C., ranging from a golden tiara to a winged sphinx. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "8 Art Exhibits You Can Virtually Visit Right Now," 20 Apr. 2020 Last night, Queen Elizabeth II arrived at the annual Diplomatic Corps Reception at Buckingham Palace wearing a white dress and dazzling tiara. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Was Covered in Emeralds at the Annual Diplomatic Corps Reception," 12 Dec. 2019 And don’t miss the Pickle Queens, a group of redheads in green gowns and tiaras. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "11 fun things to do the week of March 13-19 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 12 Mar. 2020 The pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Trixie Mattel Documentary Set to Premiere at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival," 5 Mar. 2019 This tough competition is between Queen Mary’s famed bandeau tiara and the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Tiara March Madness: Which Crown Jewels Are Your Favorite?," 2 Mar. 2020 With her traditional dress, glowing smile, and sparkling tiara, Diana looks like a Disney princess in the clip. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Looks Like an Actual Disney Princess in This Unearthed Video from Her Wedding Day," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tiara

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tiara

Latin, royal Persian headdress, from Greek

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The first known use of tiara was in 1616

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3 Jul 2020

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“Tiara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiara. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tiara

: a crown worn by the pope
: a small crown that is decorated with jewels and that is worn by women or girls on special occasions

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