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[dahy-uh-dem] /ˈdaɪ əˌdɛm/
a crown.
a cloth headband, sometimes adorned with jewels, formerly worn by Oriental kings.
royal dignity or authority.
verb (used with object)
to adorn with or as if with a diadem; crown.
Origin of diadem
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 Unabridged
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a royal crown, esp a light jewelled circlet
royal dignity or power
(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

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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