Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A square cap worn by ecclesiastics of the Roman Catholic Church. A cardinal's berretta is scarlet; that worn by other clerics is black, except that a bishop's is lined with green.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See biretta.

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

  • n. a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy

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Examples

  • In his homily before he bestowed each new cardinal with the red hat of their office, known as a berretta, Benedict told them their role was "not to be served, but to serve" and urged them to shun "the logic of power."

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  • He bore his highly respectable name upon the frontal band of his "berretta" alias "corôa," an open-worked affair, very like the old-fashioned jelly-bag night cap.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 2

  • The crown was the usual "berretta" (night-cap) of open work; the sceptre, a drum-major's staff; the robes, a "parochial" beadle's coat of scarlet cloth, edged with tinsel gold lace.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 2

  • That's when Aaron's father, John White, got involved, known as a quiet, dedicated man, he grabbed his handgun, a 32 caliber berretta, and waited for the teens.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2007

  • Our visitors wore the official berretta, European shirts, that contrasted with coral necklaces and rings of zinc, brass, and copper, and handsome waistcoats, fronted by the well-tanned spoil of some “bush” animal, generally a wild cat, hanging like a Scotch sporran — this is and has long been the distinctive sign of a “gentleman.”

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Lorenzo Ricci with his berretta on his head like one of the prefects of the lines, the three patrons of holy youth — saint

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • The berretta was formerly presented to him in St. Patrick's Cathedral, April 22, 1875.

    Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886

  • Then there was much champagne and a concert and Cecil and I sat with the Captain, the Bishop, in his robes and berretta and the two inspectors and they were very charming to both of us.

    Adventures and Letters of Richard Harding Davis

  • Xavier pointing to his chest; Lorenzo Ricci with his berretta on his head like one of the prefects of the lines, the three patrons of holy youth -- saint Stanislaus Kostka, saint Aloysius Gonzago, and Blessed

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • All thinkers weary themselves over the same problem as to the nature of reality and of knowledge: contemplative Indians and Greek philosophers, Christians and Mohammedans, bare heads and heads with turbans, wigged heads and heads with the black berretta (as Heine said); and future generations will weary themselves with it, as ours has done.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

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