verb (used with object)

Also especially British, mi·tre.

Origin of miter

1350–1400; Middle English mitre (noun) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mitering

Historical Examples of mitering

  • The mitering of lace or embroidery is often necessary in making collars and in finishing corners.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Run it in a straight line, on the wall against the ceiling wherever possible, mitering the joints neatly.

    Electricity for the farm

    Frederick Irving Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for mitering


noun, verb

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.



alternative spelling of mitre (see -re).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper