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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Other Words from miter


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

Examples of miter in a Sentence


The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Square one end of the piece to 90 degrees on a miter saw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Simple Pencil Box," 31 Aug. 2018 Unfortunately the miter saw is the only Dewalt tool capable of going corded, for now. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Go Corded or Cordless with Metabo HPT MultiVolt Power Tools," 19 Oct. 2018 Though Annie cut the pipes herself using a miter saw, a handsaw will also work. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Give Your Neighbors the Creeps With Oversized Spider Halloween Decor," 5 Oct. 2018 Along with his traditional miter, or the tall headpiece used for church services, the pope wore Katsura’s long gold cape with a red banner down the middle to lead Easter mass that year. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is How Pope John Paul II’s 1993 Easter Mass Vestment Was Made," 2 May 2018 Pope Francis brought his own chasuble and miter from Argentina. Pamela Keogh, Vanities, "“I’m Not Sure Any Bishops Could Fit into Them”: Touring the Met’s Catholic Fashions with Father James Martin," 8 May 2018 Other looks in the show included a teal cargo jumpsuit with a matching miter, an oversized polo dress topped with a red velvet cardinal’s biretta, and a high-necked white dress that evoked an adult-size christening gown. New York Times, "Meet the Young Designers Making Catholic-Inspired Fashion," 9 May 2018 By the time Rihanna, another co-host, made her entrance in a Pope-tastic bejeweled white Maison Margiela minidress with overskirt and miter, and the internet broke, there was really nothing to say but: oh my God. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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