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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Definitions for diadem

  1. A crown.
  2. An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
  3. Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.

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Citations for diadem
On the far side of the cloister in the long, chapel-like room called the Treasure, she sits on her throne -- a small stiff gold figure robed in gold and covered with jewels and crowned with a golden diadem. Hannah Green, Little Saint
The sky above is blue; the many clouds -- sun-drenched, gilded, lively -- have moved down, settled like a great diadem on the broad ring of the encircling mountains. Milan Kundera, The Guardian
Origin of diadem
1250-1300
Diadem derives from Greek diadema, "a band," from diadein, "to bind around," from dia, "through, across" + dein, "to bind."