Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crown worn as a sign of royalty.
  • n. Royal power or dignity.
  • transitive v. To adorn with or as if with a diadem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. An arch rising from the rim of a crown (rarely also of a coronet), and uniting with others over its center.
  • transitive v. To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
  • n. Anciently, a head-band or fillet worn by kings as a badge of royalty.
  • 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.
  • n. In embryology, a term applied to certain eggs in the blastula stage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty

Etymologies

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)
From Ancient Greek διάδημα (diadema, "band, especially worn around a tiara"), from διαδέω (diadeo, "bind around"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Transitive verb?? The archbishop DIADEMED the crown prince?

    June 28, 2009

  • I always thought this was a jewel-encrusted weapon.

    April 2, 2007

  • 'bring forth the royal diadem'

    April 2, 2007