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tiered

[teerd] /tɪərd/
adjective
1.
being or arranged in tiers or layers (usually used in combination):
a two-tiered box of chocolates.
Origin of tiered
1800-1810
1800-10; tier1 + -ed3
Related forms
multitiered, adjective
untiered, adjective

tier1

[teer] /tɪər/
noun
1.
one of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, as of seats in an amphitheater, boxes in a theater, guns in a man-of-war, or oars in an ancient galley.
2.
one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.
3.
a layer; level; stratum:
The wedding cake had six tiers. All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.
4.
Australian. a mountain range.
verb (used with object)
5.
to arrange in tiers.
verb (used without object)
6.
to rise in tiers.
Origin
1560-70; earlier also tire, tyre, teare < Middle French, Old French tire, tiere order, row, rank < Germanic; compare Old English, Old Saxon tīr, Old High German zēri glory, adornment
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  • Over the trees the great clouds go, tiered, stately, like ships of the line bright with canvas.

  • The tiered walls of logs arose to the sighs and groans of the Nulato Indians.

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  • Brittain stepped down the tiered floor and took a rear seat near a frightened-looking blonde girl.

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  • She rose and, lighting the wick at the wavering crown of tiered tapers, placed it so that it dominated all the rest.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • The tiered clouds float over Malmaison, and the slate roof sparkles in the sun.

  • Now, it was the proudly an tiered stag, careering free over miles and miles of waste.

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British Dictionary definitions for tiered

tier1

/tɪə/
noun
1.
one of a set of rows placed one above and behind the other, such as theatre seats
2.
  1. a layer or level
  2. (in combination): a three-tier cake
3.
a rank, order, or row
verb
4.
to be or arrange in tiers
Word Origin
C16: from Old French tire rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old English tīr embellishment

tier2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ties
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Word Origin and History for tiered

tier

n.

"row, rank, range," 1560s, from Middle French tire, from Old French tire "rank, sequence, order" (early 13c.), probably from tirer "to draw, draw out" (see tirade). Some suggests the French noun is from a Germanic source akin to Old High German ziari, German Zier "adornment," Old English tir "glory, honor."

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