mi·​ter | \ ˈmī-tər How to pronounce miter (audio) \
variants: or mitre

Definition of miter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a liturgical headdress worn by bishops and abbots
2 [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


variants: or mitre
mitered or mitred; mitering or mitring\ ˈmī-​tə-​riŋ How to pronounce mitring (audio) \

Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to confer a miter on
2a : to match or fit together in a miter joint
b : to bevel the ends of for making a miter joint

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miterer \ ˈmī-​tər-​ər How to pronounce miterer (audio) \ noun

Examples of miter in a Sentence

Verb The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Step 3: Installing Treads and Risers Cut the risers to length using a power miter saw for speed and accuracy. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Stairs in 3 Easy Steps," 11 Jan. 2020 Sinterklaas, who wore a red bishop's miter and a snowy white beard, was based on St. Nicholas, a 3rd century Greek who lived in modern-day Turkey. Daniel Burke, CNN, "St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus," 6 Dec. 2019 Leave the saw blade at 73 degrees and crosscut the legs to length using a miter gauge. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 The hay cart carrying a brother who dons a bishop’s miter is momentarily set aflame, while another is tied to a tree and a third has his legs tapped together. Washington Post, "Unrepentant ‘sinners’ romp in Spanish town at Corpus Christi," 23 June 2019 June 14 commentary Columnist Krista Kafer equates guns to automobiles, chainsaws, axes, baseball bats, tire irons, diving and rappelling equipment, miter saws, nail guns, hammers, ice picks and knives. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Left behind in the left-turn lane; Bringing a knife to a gunfight; Require consent for pelvic exams (6/20/19)," 20 June 2019 Guns like automobiles, chainsaws, axes, baseball bats, tire irons, diving and reppelling equipment, miter saws, nail guns, hammers, icepicks, and knives are safe when used lawfully and responsibly. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Rep. Crow’s gun liability law makes a mockery of personal responsibility," 17 June 2019 Aupetit will be wearing a construction worker's helmet in addition to his miter. Fox News, "Notre-Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire," 15 June 2019 Take the remaining 4-foot piece of 1 x 6–inch pine and square one of its ends on the miter saw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This one soars inside with open space, huge pale timbers and vaulting ceilings mitered into many angles. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$950K log home is on 5 acres in Genoa Township gated community," 24 Oct. 2019 The box's top and bottom panels rest in rabbets cut into the sides and front, which are mitered at the front corners. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Floating Shelves (With Plans!)," 16 Mar. 2015 The car's handsome design had nods to town (a steel roof and smart deco detailing on the fender skirts) and country (mitered white ash paneling on the sides and rear, mahogany on the interior). Ash Carter, Town & Country, "Town & Country salutes the Town & Countrys of America," 3 Apr. 2013

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First Known Use of miter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miter


Middle English mitre, from Anglo-French, from Latin mitra headband, turban, from Greek

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The first known use of miter was in the 14th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Miter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of miter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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