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Diadem vs. Tiara

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Main Difference

The main difference between Diadem and Tiara is that the Diadem is a ornamental headband worn by monarchs and others as a badge of royalty and Tiara is a head ornament.

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  • Diadem (noun)

    An ornamental headband worn as a badge of royalty.

  • Diadem (noun)

    A crown.

  • Diadem (noun)

    Regal power; sovereignty; empire—considered as symbolized by the crown.

  • Diadem (noun)

    An arch rising from the rim of a crown (rarely also of a coronet), and uniting with others over its centre.

  • Diadem (verb)

    To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

  • Tiara (noun)

    The papal crown.

  • Tiara (noun)

    An ornamental coronet.

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  • Diadem (noun)

    Originally, an ornamental head band or fillet, worn by Eastern monarchs as a badge of royalty; hence (later), also, a crown, in general.

  • Diadem (noun)

    Regal power; sovereignty; empire; - considered as symbolized by the crown.

  • Diadem (noun)

    An arch rising from the rim of a crown (rarely also of a coronet), and uniting with others over its center.

  • Diadem

    To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

  • Tiara (noun)

    A form of headdress worn by the ancient Persians. According to Xenophon, the royal tiara was encircled with a diadem, and was high and erect, while those of the people were flexible, or had rims turned over.

  • Tiara (noun)

    The pope's triple crown. It was at first a round, high cap, but was afterward encompassed with a crown, subsequently with a second, and finally with a third. Fig.: The papal dignity.

Webster Dictionary
  • Diadem (noun)

    an ornamental jewelled headdress signifying sovereignty

  • Tiara (noun)

    a crown-like jewelled headdress worn by women on formal occasions

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