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diadem

[dahy-uh-dem] /ˈdaɪ əˌdɛm/
noun
1.
a crown.
2.
a cloth headband, sometimes adorned with jewels, formerly worn by Oriental kings.
3.
royal dignity or authority.
verb (used with object)
4.
to adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English diademe (< Anglo-French) < Latin diadēma < Greek diádēma fillet, band, equivalent to diadē- (verbid stem of diadeîn to bind round + -ma noun suffix
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Examples from the web for diadem
  • She wears a diadem in her wavy hair, which is gathered in the back.
  • Now jewelers are taking the stuffiness out of the diadem.
  • It will adorn your head with a far brighter diadem than that which you wear, as it will be the fruit only of your own virtue.
British Dictionary definitions for diadem

diadem

/ˈdaɪəˌdɛm/
noun
1.
a royal crown, esp a light jewelled circlet
2.
royal dignity or power
verb
3.
(transitive) to adorn or crown with or as with a diadem
Word Origin
C13: from Latin diadēma, from Greek: fillet, royal headdress, from diadein to bind around, from dia- + dein to bind
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Word Origin and History for diadem
n.

late 13c., from Old French diademe and directly from Latin diadema "cloth band worn around the head as a sign of royalty," from Greek diadema, from diadein "to bind across," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + dein "to bind," related to desmos "band," from PIE *de- "to bind." Used of the headband worn by Persian kings and adopted by Alexander the Great and his successors.

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diadem in the Bible

the tiara of a king (Ezek. 21:26; Isa. 28:5; 62:3); the turban (Job 29:14). In the New Testament a careful distinction is drawn between the diadem as a badge of royalty (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 19:12) and the crown as a mark of distinction in private life. It is not known what the ancient Jewish "diadem" was. It was the mark of Oriental sovereigns. (See CROWN.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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