- 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.
- 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, mi·tre.
Origin of miter
1350–1400; Middle English mitre (noun) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for mitering
Historical Examples of mitering
- the usual US spelling of mitre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for mitering
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper