Part of speech: noun

A crown; sovereignty. See illus. in next column.

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Usage examples "diadem":

  1. As they did so a crash broke the silence, and the startled devotees saw that the ducal diadem had fallen from the Madonna's head. - "The Valley of Decision", Edith Wharton.
  2. Oh, greatly did they hope, and greatly dare, Who bade the stars in heaven fight for them, And set upon their battle- flag a fair New constellation as a diadem! - "The Poems of Henry Van Dyke", Henry Van Dyke.
  3. Mass was publicly performed by Father Valverde, and the Inca Manco received the fringed diadem of Peru, not from the hand of the high- priest of his nation, but from his Conqueror, Pizarro. - "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas", Prescott, William Hickling.