- a headdress; specif.,
- a tall, ornamented cap with peaks in front and back, worn by the pope, bishops, and abbots as a mark of office
- the official headdress of the ancient Jewish high priest
- in ancient Greece, a headband worn by women
- the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric
Origin of miterMiddle English mitre from Old French from Classical Latin mitra from Gr, a belt, fillet, headband, turban from Indo-European an unverified form mitro, a band from base an unverified form mei-, to bind, tie
- a kind of joint formed by fitting together two pieces, beveled to a specified angle (usually 45°) to form a corner (usually a right angle)now usually miter joint
- either of the facing surfaces of such a joint
- miter square
Origin of miterprobably from miter
- to fit together in a miter joint
- to bevel the ends or edges of to form a miter joint
- The liturgical headdress and part of the insignia of a Christian bishop. In the Western church it is a tall pointed hat with peaks in front and back, worn at all solemn functions.
- a. A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece.b. The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests.
- a. A miter joint.b. The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint.c. A miter square.
verbmi·tered, mi·ter·ing, mi·ters
- To bestow a miter upon.
- a. To make (two pieces or surfaces) join with a miter joint.b. To bevel the edges of for joining with a miter joint.
Origin of miterMiddle English mitre from Old French from Medieval Latin from Latin mitra headdress of the Jewish high priest from Greek
worn by Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
(third-person singular simple present miters, present participle mitering, simple past and past participle mitered)
- to finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, or sometimes with some specific shape, so that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
- Alternative spelling of mitre.