Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In embryology, a term applied to certain eggs in the blastula stage.
  • noun Anciently, a head-band or fillet worn by kings as a badge of royalty.
  • noun Anything worn on the head as a mark or badge of royalty; a crown.
  • noun Figuratively, supreme power; sovereignty.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In zoology, a certain monkey, Cercopithecus diadematus.
  • To adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Originally, an ornamental head band or fillet, worn by Eastern monarchs as a badge of royalty; hence (later), also, a crown, in general.
  • noun Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.
  • noun (Her.) An arch rising from the rim of a crown (rarely also of a coronet), and uniting with others over its center.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Indri.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the garden spider.
  • transitive verb To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ornamental headband worn as a badge of royalty.
  • noun A crown.
  • noun Regal power; sovereignty; empire—considered as symbolized by the crown.
  • verb To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

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

  • noun an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty

Etymologies

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

[Middle English diademe, from Old French, from Latin diadēma, from Greek, band, from diadein, to bind around : dia-, dia- + dein, dē-, to bind.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • 'bring forth the royal diadem'

    April 2, 2007

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

    April 2, 2007

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

    June 28, 2009