[ UK /ba‍ɪɹˈɛtɐ/ ]
  1. a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy
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  • Szoka, seventy-eight and nearly hairless under his cardinal's red biretta, proudly showed me a bookcase that contained the teachings and writings of John Paul — forty-plus volumes bound in red cloth — and nothing else. The Year of two Popes
  • An atelier repetition of this fine original is No. 166 in the Vienna Gallery; the only material variation traceable in this last-named example being that in lieu of St. Ambrose, wearing a kind of biretta, we have St. Jerome bareheaded. The Earlier Work of Titian
  • The Catholic community knows too that if the Pope decides to appoint a Scottish Cardinal, the biretta is more likely to return to the west.
  • Mitres to the left, birettas to the right; it's been a faith-filled, polarising Easter.
  • The young kneeling, tonsured figure on the right appears to be a high-ranking ecclesiastic - a canon or dean - whose biretta rests at Christ's bound feet.
  • The biretta is the sign of an ecclesiastical pontifical degree. Archive 2008-04-20
  • The dream of a better, kinder nation has gone with the wave of a biretta.
  • Etymologically, the word biretta is Italian in origin and would more correctly be written beretta (cf. however the French barette and the Spanish bireta). The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne
  • Aside from its retention as the trencher cap, the cap of the Oxford Doctors of Divinity, and the biretta, the barret cap survives today as the head-dress for the Lutheran clergy, German lawyers, deans and rectors of Continental universities.
  • These have pink, four-lobed seed-pods, like a tiny biretta. Times, Sunday Times
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