noun, verb (used with object), mi·tred, mi·tring. Chiefly British.
- mitral orifice,
- mitral stenosis,
- mitral valve,
- mitral valve prolapse,
- mitre block,
- mitre box,
- mitre gear,
- mitre joint,
- mitre square
verb (used with object)
Origin of miter
Examples from the Web for mitre
After the ceremony, the pope ditched his mitre and ceremonial robes and hopped into the popemobile for a spin around the square.Onscene as Pope Francis Makes Saints of John Paul II and John XXIII|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"The mitre weighs too much for your head, monseigneur," retorted the Jesuit.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
It had an ecclesiastical sign,—the Mitre,—and a bar that seemed to be the next best thing to a bishopric, it was so snug.The Holly-Tree|Charles Dickens
Fig. 3095 illustrates the method of employment of the mitre gauge.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
Further than neutrality, Mitre, then president of Argentina, would not go.The South American Republics Part I of II|Thomas C. Dawson
The box with the mitre was brought forth and the crown was placed on her head, already too richly adorned with artificial flowers.Everlasting Pearl|Anna Magdalena Johannsen
Word Origin for mitre
bishop's tall hat, late 14c., from Old French mitre, from Latin mitra "headband, turban," from Greek mitra "headband, turban," earlier a belt or cloth worn under armor about the waist, from PIE root *mei- "to tie" (cf. Sanskrit Mitrah, Old Persian Mithra-, god names; Russian mir "world, peace," Greek mitos "a warp thread"). In Latin, "a kind of headdress common among Asiatics, the wearing of which by men was regarded in Rome as a mark of effeminacy" [OED]. But the word was used in Vulgate to translate Hebrew micnepheth "headdress of a priest."
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.