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

  • n. Archaic A wreath or garland for the head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A headband, especially a garland of flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A garland or fillet; a chaplet or wreath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A band, fillet, garland, or wreath worn on the head: as, “wreaths and anadems,” Tennyson, Palace of Art. Also spelled anademe: as, “garlands, anademes, and wreaths,”


Latin anadēma, from Greek, from anadein, to bind up : ana-, ana- + dein, to bind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anadema, from Ancient Greek αναδεμα ("head-band"). (Wiktionary)


  • Idris was as the star, set in single splendour in the dim anadem of balmy evening; ready to enlighten and delight the subject world, shielded herself from every taint by her unimagined distance from all that was not like herself akin to heaven.

    The Last Man


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  • Next day, or the day after the next, the entire family was having high tea in the garden. Ada, on the grass, kept trying to make an anadem of marguerites for the dog while Lucette looked on, munching a crumpet.
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1969, Ada, or Ardor

    November 5, 2009

  • American Heritage Dictionary:
    n. Archaic
    A wreath or garland for the head.

    February 23, 2008