A square cap with three or sometimes four prominences or projecting corners rising from its crown. There is usually a tassel in the middle where the corners meet. It is worn by a priest as he approaches the altar to say Mass, and by ecclesiastics in general. A priest wears a black one, cardinals have red, bishops purple.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “berretta”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 December 2019. Web. 2 March 2021. <>