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 miter (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

Other Words from miter


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

Examples of miter in a Sentence

Verb The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clamp a stop block to the miter gauge fence, and butt the workpiece to it [5]. Rosario Capotosto, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2021 The curvy, glossy emerald green cabinet, which Preciado built and painted at Jose Auto Body Shop in Boyle Heights to mimic the look and feel of a lowrider, was modeled after a pope’s miter. Julissa Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Use a circular saw or miter saw to cut enough 6 x 6 in. Andrew Freye, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2021 But following a legal dispute with former band members over royalties in 2017, Forge outed himself as the man beneath the miter. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2022 In one instance, a 13th-century collection of Old Norse tales was used to reinforce a bishop’s miter, or headdress. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Enlarge / Fragment of Strengleikar repurposed to stiffen a bishop's miter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Feb. 2022 Make the shoulder cuts: With a power miter saw or a circular saw and a crosscut guide, cut four legs, nine seat boards, and 12 spacers to length. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2021 For Kids Using a hand miter saw, cut two lengths of pool noodle to 24 inches and two to 48 inches. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 3 Apr. 2013 See More

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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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“Miter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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