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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The liturgical headdress and part of the insignia of a Christian bishop. In the Western church it is a tall pointed hat with peaks in front and back, worn at all solemn functions.
  • n. A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece.
  • n. The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests.
  • n. A miter joint.
  • n. The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint.
  • n. A miter square.
  • transitive v. To bestow a miter upon.
  • transitive v. To make (two pieces or surfaces) join with a miter joint.
  • transitive v. To bevel the edges of for joining with a miter joint.
  • intransitive v. To meet in a miter joint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, or sometimes with some specific shape, so that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
  • n. Alternative form of miter joint.
  • n. Alternative spelling of mitre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks.
  • n. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint.
  • n. A sort of base money or coin.
  • transitive v. To place a miter upon; to adorn with a miter.
  • transitive v. To match together, as two pieces of molding or brass rule on a line bisecting the angle of junction; to fit together in a miter joint.
  • transitive v. To bevel the ends or edges of, for the purpose of matching together at an angle.
  • intransitive v. To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a line bisecting the angle of junction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of head-dress anciently worn by the inhabitants of Lydia, Phrygia, and other parts of Asia Minor.
  • n. A sacerdotal head-dress, as that worn by the ancient Jewish high priest, or that worn by a bishop.
  • n. A chimney-cap or -pot of terra-cotta, brick, stone, or metal, designed to exclude rain and wind from the flue, while allowing the smoke, etc., to escape; a cowl; hence, anything having a similar use.
  • n. In conchology, a miter-shell.
  • n. In carp.: A scribe or guide for making saw-cuts to form miter-joints.
  • n. A combined square and miter-edge or pattern.
  • n. Same as miter-joint.
  • n. A gusset in seamstresses' work, knitting, and the like.
  • To bestow a miter upon; raise to a rank to which the dignity of wearing a miter belongs, especially to episcopal rank.
  • To ornament with a miter.
  • In carpentry, to join with a miter-joint; make a miter-joint in. See miter-joint.
  • In needlework, to change the direction of, as a straight band, border, or the like, by cutting it at an abrupt angle, sacrificing a three-cornered piece, and bringing the cut edges together: a term derived from carpenter-work.
  • In bookbinding, to join perfectly, as lines intended to meet at right angles
  • In architecture, to meet in a miter-joint.
  • In organ-building, to introduce one or more miter-joints into (a pipe), so as to adapt it to a contracted space: such a pipe is said to be mitered or mitered over.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fit together in a miter joint
  • n. joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
  • v. confer a miter on (a bishop)
  • v. bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint
  • n. the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made
  • n. a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions


Middle English mitre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin mitra, headdress of the Jewish high priest, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I don't know what an auxiliary bishop is, but his miter is a might smaller than a real bishop's.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • By the way, if you like that hat which is called a miter or mitre, in Britain, I commend to you this photoessay.

    Clergytastical - Danya Ruttenberg

  • This is called the "miter" and may be 45 degrees or any other angle.

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  • It always amazes me how densely populated these lefebvreites are with people who don the pope's miter as if it were their natural right ...

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  • The sharp buzz of the miter saw filled the backyard soon after, its noise gearing up to a tearing crescendo before tapering off to a low whine and then starting up again.

    O' Bending Light

  • She dragged out her husband's old miter saw and two paint flecked saw-horses.

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  • With a long white beard and wearing his episcopal miter he rides his gray horse over the rooftops.

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  • He gets a saw and his miter box and cuts two chunks of wood from a redwood two by four.

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  • Thus his tables rarely show cracks and loosened miter joints resulting from wood shrinkage over time.

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  • There is something, isn't there, about putting one foot in front of the other, keeping things simple, lining up the precise point of miter joint to insure a solid foundation.

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  • A person who breeds mites for fun and/or profit.

    April 17, 2008

  • Also see mitre, as well as frindley's research at Hats Off!.

    April 17, 2008

  • Does it become a mitre when it's on a bishop's head?

    April 17, 2008