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[mahy-terd] /ˈmaɪ tərd/
shaped like a bishop's miter or having a miter-shaped apex.
wearing, or entitled or privileged to wear, a miter.
Origin of mitered
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at miter, -ed3


[mahy-ter] /ˈmaɪ tər/
the official headdress of a bishop in the Western Church, in its modern form a tall cap with a top deeply cleft crosswise, the outline of the front and back resembling that of a pointed arch.
the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric.
Judaism. the official headdress of the ancient high priest, bearing on the front a gold plate engraved with the words Holiness to the Lord. Ex. 28:36–38.
a fillet worn by women of ancient Greece.
Carpentry. an oblique surface formed on a piece of wood or the like so as to butt against an oblique surface on another piece to be joined with it.
Nautical. the inclined seam connecting the two cloths of an angulated sail.
verb (used with object)
to bestow a miter upon, or raise to a rank entitled to it.
to join with a miter joint.
to cut to a miter.
to join (two edges of fabric) at a corner by various methods of folding, cutting, and stitching.
Also, especially British, mitre.
1350-1400; Middle English mitre (noun) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mitered
Historical Examples
  • A stretcher joint is a slip joint in which one or both sides is mitered.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • mitered joints are the only kind suitable for molded frames.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • This moulding should have mitered corners as shown in the bottom view.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor
  • The corners are mitered and the backs rabbeted to receive the panels.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The rails are not to be squared on the ends but are to be mitered each in turn.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The frame has mitered corners and the inside of the frame must be even with the inside of the rails.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Care should be taken to make the mitered joints a tight fit.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Fold over at right angles and mark along the line to be mitered.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Finish the corners of the binding with the square or mitered corner.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • "Black demons hovering o'er his mitered head," think you, gentle sonneteer of the daffodil-marsh?

British Dictionary definitions for mitered


noun, verb
the usual US spelling of mitre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mitered



in the carpentry sense of "joint at a 45 degree angle," 1670s, perhaps from mitre, via notion of joining of the two peaks of the folded cap. As a verb from 1731.



alternative spelling of mitre (see -re).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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