Biretta definition

bə-rĕtə
A stiff square cap with three or four ridges across the crown. Birettas are worn especially by Roman Catholic clergy and are black for priests, purple for bishops, and red for cardinals.
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A hard, square, ceremonial hat with three or four vertical projections and sometimes with a pompom or tassel at the top, worn by Roman Catholic clergy.
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A square cap, originally with four ridges across the top, surmounted by a tuft, worn by Roman Catholic clergy (by some in the Anglican Church). A three-sided biretta is worn by Roman Catholic clergy for liturgical celebrations.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of biretta - beretta

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
biretta
Plural:
birettas

Origin of biretta

  • Italian berretta from Old Provençal berret cap from Late Latin birrus hooded cloak probably of Celtic origin perhaps akin to Irish berr Welsh byrr short

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian 'biretta'

    From Wiktionary