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tier

noun \ ˈtir \

Definition of tier

1 a : a row, rank, or layer of articles; especially : one of two or more rows, levels, or ranks arranged one above another
b : a group of political or geographic divisions that form a row across the map
  • the southern tier of states

Origin and Etymology of tier

Middle French tire rank, from Old French — more at attire

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tier

verb

Definition of tier

: to place or arrange in tiers
: to rise in tiers

First Known Use of tier

circa 1889

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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tier

noun ti·er \ ˈtī(-ə)r \
variants: or

Definition of tier

: one that ties

First Known Use of tier

1633

in the meaning defined above

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TIER Defined for Kids

tier

noun \ ˈtir \

Definition of tier for Students

: a row, rank, or layer usually arranged in a series one above the other


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