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tier

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noun \ˈtir\

Definition of tier

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

  2. 2 :  class, category

Origin and Etymology of tier

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


First Known Use: 1569


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tier

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Definition of tier

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place or arrange in tiers

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to rise in tiers

Circa 1889

First Known Use of tier

circa 1889


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tier

noun ti·er \ˈtī(-ə)r\
variants: or

\ˈtī(-ə)r\

Definition of tier

  1. :  one that ties

1633

First Known Use of tier

1633


TIER Defined for Kids

tier

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noun \ˈtir\

Definition of tier for Students

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



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