\ ˈtir How to pronounce tier (audio) \

Definition of tier

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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


tiered; tiering; tiers

Definition of tier (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to place or arrange in tiers

intransitive verb

: to rise in tiers
ti·​er | \ ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce tier (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of tier (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that ties

First Known Use of tier

Noun (1)

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1889, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tier

Noun (1)

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

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“Tier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tier. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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\ ˈtir How to pronounce tier (audio) \

Kids Definition of tier

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

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