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berretta

[buh-ret-uh] /bəˈrɛt ə/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.

biretta

or berretta, birretta

[buh-ret-uh] /bəˈrɛt ə/
noun
1.
a stiff square cap with three or four upright projecting pieces extending from the center of the top to the edge, worn by ecclesiastics.
Origin of biretta
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian berretta, feminine variant of berretto < Old Provençal berret < Medieval Latin birrettum cap, equivalent to Late Latin birr(us) birrus + -ettum -et; apparently by the development: hooded cloak > hood > cap; compare Medieval Latin (circa 800) byrrus short hood (cuculla brevis)
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berretta

/bɪˈrɛtə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of biretta

biretta

/bɪˈrɛtə/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a stiff clerical cap having either three or four upright pieces projecting outwards from the centre to the edge: coloured black for priests, purple for bishops, red for cardinals, and white for certain members of religious orders
Word Origin
C16: from Italian berretta, from Old Provençal berret, from Late Latin birrus hooded cape
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Word Origin and History for berretta

biretta

n.

square cap worn by Catholic clergy, 1590s, from Italian beretta, from Late Latin birrus, birrum "large cloak with hood;" perhaps of Gaulish origin, or from Greek pyrros "flame-colored, yellow."

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