American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A stiff square cap with three or four ridges across the crown. Birettas are worn especially by Roman Catholic clergy and are black for priests, purple for bishops, and red for cardinals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, any small cap worn as distinctive of a trade or profession; afterward, a scholastic cap, or such as was worn indoors by members of the learned professions; now, in the Roman Catholic Church, the ecclesiastical cap. This last is square, and has three and sometimes four horns or projections on top, crossing it at equal angles, and frequently having a tuft or tassel where the horns meet in the middle. For priests and the lower orders its color is black, and for bishops also, at least in Rome, though elsewhere they commonly wear one of violet, corresponding with the color of the cassock; for cardinals it is red. It seems to have been introduced in offices of the church when the amice ceased to be worn over the head in proceeding to and from the altar at mass.
- n. BY extension, a Tunis cap; a smoking-cap.
- n. A square cap, originally with four ridges across the top, surmounted by a tuft, worn by Roman Catholic clergy (and by some in the Anglican Church). A three-sided biretta is worn by Roman Catholic clergy for liturgical celebrations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as berretta.
- n. a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy
- From Italian 'biretta' (Wiktionary)
- Italian berretta, from Old Provençal berret, cap, from Late Latin birrus, hooded cloak, probably of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Etymologically, the word biretta is Italian in origin and would more correctly be written beretta (cf. however the French barette and the Spanish bireta).”
“The biretta is the sign of an ecclesiastical pontifical degree.”
“An atelier repetition of this fine original is No. 166 in the Vienna Gallery; the only material variation traceable in this last-named example being that in lieu of St. Ambrose, wearing a kind of biretta, we have St. Jerome bareheaded.”
“We then moved onto "spin the biretta" - each server is handed the biretta after it has been spun around in the air, and has to hand it to the priest the correct way.”
“Afterwards, the boys pinched my biretta to see if they could land it on the head of the Monsignore as he was later dignified.”
“The fake priest went past, Benedetti, wearing a lumber jacket and a black biretta and carrying a breviary.”
“Szoka, seventy-eight and nearly hairless under his cardinal's red biretta, proudly showed me a bookcase that contained the teachings and writings of John Paul — forty-plus volumes bound in red cloth — and nothing else.”
“For example, as above, the traditional theology biretta of the Angelicum is totally white.”
“E.g. the *traditional* Angelicum biretta is entirely white incl. piping and pom.”
“Those with degrees from a non-pontifical university cannot wear an academic biretta, they wear the cap or morterboard of their degree granting institution.”
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