noun mi·ter \ˈmī-tər\

: a high pointed hat worn by a bishop or abbot in church ceremonies

Full Definition of MITER

:  a liturgical headdress worn by bishops and abbots
[perhaps from miter headdress]
a :  a surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a joint is made by cutting two pieces at an angle and fitting them together
b :  miter joint

Variants of MITER

mi·ter or mi·tre \ˈmī-tər\

Origin of MITER

Middle English mitre, from Anglo-French, from Latin mitra headband, turban, from Greek
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator



: to match or fit (boards) together in a miter joint

mi·tered or mi·tredmi·ter·ing or mi·tring \ˈmī-tə-riŋ\

Full Definition of MITER

transitive verb
:  to confer a miter on
a :  to match or fit together in a miter joint
b :  to bevel the ends of for making a miter joint
mi·ter·er \ˈmī-tər-ər\ noun

Variants of MITER

miter or mitre

Examples of MITER

  1. The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.

First Known Use of MITER

14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with MITER

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