[bev-uh l]


verb (used with or without object), bev·eled, bev·el·ing or (especially British) bev·elled, bev·el·ling.

to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering.


Also beveled; especially British, bevelled. oblique; sloping; slanted.

Origin of bevel

1555–65; < Middle French *bevel (French béveau, biveau), Old French *baivel, equivalent to baïf with open mouth (ba(er) to gape (see bay2) + -if -ive) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
Related formsbev·el·er; especially British, bev·el·ler, nounun·bev·eled, adjectiveun·bev·elled, adjectiveun·der·bev·el·ing, nounun·der·bev·el·ling, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bevelled

tilt, skew, tend, slope, point, cant, yaw, tip, diverge, stoop, deviate, nod, recline, slant, train, lay, bevel, lower, veer, level

Examples from the Web for bevelled

Historical Examples of bevelled

  • She looked at herself in the tall, bevelled mirror in the best chamber.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Many of these mirrors have bevelled glass, which, of course, is wrong.

  • One edge of each lath may, if desired, be bevelled a little.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • The tenons are bevelled to fit and wedge each other in the mortise.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • Its tip is a little rough, pointed and bevelled to some length down.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for bevelled



  1. Also called: canta surface that meets another at an angle other than a right angleCompare chamfer (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)a bevel edge; bevel square

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

(intr) to be inclined; slope
(tr) to cut a bevel on (a piece of timber, etc)
Derived Formsbevelled or US beveled, adjectivebeveller or US beveler, noun

Word Origin for bevel

C16: from Old French bevel (unattested), from baïf, from baer to gape; see bay 1
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Word Origin and History for bevelled



1560s, possibly from Old French *baivel (Modern French béveau, biveau), possibly from bayer "to gape, yawn," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from Latin root *bat-, possibly imitative of yawning. If so, the time gap is puzzling. The verb is first recorded 1670s. The noun is 1670s, from the adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper