American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A crown worn as a sign of royalty.
- n. Royal power or dignity.
- v. To adorn with or as if with a diadem.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anciently, a head-band or fillet worn by kings as a badge of royalty. It was made of silk, linen, or wool, and encircled the temples and forehead, the ends being tied behind, so as to fall on the neck. It was originally white and plain, but was later embroidered with gold or set with pearls or precious stones, and little by little increased in richness until it was developed into the modern crown.
- n. Anything worn on the head as a mark or badge of royalty; a crown.
- n. Figuratively, supreme power; sovereignty.
- n. In heraldry, one of the arches which rise from the rim or circle of a crown, and support the mound or globe at the top.
- n. In zoology, a certain monkey, Cercopithecus diadematus.
- To adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
- n. In embryology, a term applied to certain eggs in the blastula stage.
- n. An ornamental headband worn as a badge of royalty.
- n. A crown.
- n. Regal power; sovereignty; empire—considered as symbolized by the crown.
- v. To adorn with a diadem; to crown.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Originally, an ornamental head band or fillet, worn by Eastern monarchs as a badge of royalty; hence (later), also, a crown, in general.
- n. Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.
- n. (Her.) An arch rising from the rim of a crown (rarely also of a coronet), and uniting with others over its center.
- v. To adorn with a diadem; to crown.
- n. an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
- From Ancient Greek διάδημα (diadema, "band, especially worn around a tiara"), from διαδέω (diadeo, "bind around"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English diademe, from Old French, from Latin diadēma, from Greek, band, from diadein, to bind around : dia-, dia- + dein, dē-, to bind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every land illuminated by thy diadem is encircled by thy might; and in all the zone of the heavens there is not a rebel to rise up against thee.”
“Let us rather go out to meet it gallantly: or perhaps -- for all this pendulous orb, this fair gem in the sky's diadem, is not surely plague-striken -- perhaps, in some secluded nook, amidst eternal spring, and waving trees, and purling streams, we may find Life.”
“Imperial diadem from the representatives of Gaul; and his election was ratified by the acclamations of the Barbarians and provincials.”
“In the height of his prosperity, the victorious monarch, who had chastised the rashness of Gallus, and suppressed the revolt of Sylvanus, who had taken the diadem from the head of Vetranio, and vanquished in the field the legions of Magnentius, received from an invisible hand a wound, which he could neither heal nor revenge; and the son of”
“The crown, known as a diadem, contained a special carving at its uppermost point.”
“Then, I saw that upon the crest of the diadem was a single great diamond wonderfully chiselled to represent a bat with outspread wings, the device upon the banners of the mystic realm.”
“A joy that has gone from us for ever is a jewel that trembles like a tear on Sorrow's breast, but the brightest stars in her diadem are the memories of hopes that have passed away unrealised and untold.”
“You see, her diadem is a wreath of them; but the blossoms of it are not fastening enough for her hair, though it is not long yet -- (she is only in reality a Florentine girl of fourteen or fifteen) -- so the little darling knots it under her ears, and then makes herself a necklace of it.”
“Plotina, the consort of Trajan; she wears the imperial diadem, which is here composed of precious stones cut into facets.”
“The diadem was a mark of royal rank among the Asiatic nations.”
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