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1. 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.
a. A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece.
b. The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests.
a. A miter joint.
b. The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint.
c. A miter square.
v. mi·tered, mi·ter·ing, mi·ters
1. To bestow a miter upon.
a. To make (two pieces or surfaces) join with a miter joint.
b. To bevel the edges of for joining with a miter joint.
To meet in a miter joint.

[Middle English mitre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin mitra, headdress of the Jewish high priest, from Greek.]

mi′ter·er n.


n, vb
1. (Building) the usual US spelling of mitre
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the usual US spelling of mitre
3. (Knitting & Sewing) the usual US spelling of mitre


art at mitt
(ˈmaɪ tər)

1. the official headdress of a bishop or abbot, a tall cap having an outline resembling a pointed arch in the front and back.
2. the official headdress of the ancient Jewish high priest.
3. a fillet worn by women of ancient Greece.
5. an oblique surface formed on a piece of wood or the like so as to butt against an oblique surface on another piece to be joined with it.
7. to bestow a miter upon, or raise to a rank entitled to it.
a. to join with a miter joint.
b. to cut to a miter.
Also, esp. Brit., mitre.
[1350–1400; Middle English mitre (n.) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress]


, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff.
See also related terms for staff.


Past participle: mitered
Gerund: mitering

I miter
you miter
he/she/it miters
we miter
you miter
they miter
I mitered
you mitered
he/she/it mitered
we mitered
you mitered
they mitered
Present Continuous
I am mitering
you are mitering
he/she/it is mitering
we are mitering
you are mitering
they are mitering
Present Perfect
I have mitered
you have mitered
he/she/it has mitered
we have mitered
you have mitered
they have mitered
Past Continuous
I was mitering
you were mitering
he/she/it was mitering
we were mitering
you were mitering
they were mitering
Past Perfect
I had mitered
you had mitered
he/she/it had mitered
we had mitered
you had mitered
they had mitered
I will miter
you will miter
he/she/it will miter
we will miter
you will miter
they will miter
Future Perfect
I will have mitered
you will have mitered
he/she/it will have mitered
we will have mitered
you will have mitered
they will have mitered
Future Continuous
I will be mitering
you will be mitering
he/she/it will be mitering
we will be mitering
you will be mitering
they will be mitering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mitering
you have been mitering
he/she/it has been mitering
we have been mitering
you have been mitering
they have been mitering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mitering
you will have been mitering
he/she/it will have been mitering
we will have been mitering
you will have been mitering
they will have been mitering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mitering
you had been mitering
he/she/it had been mitering
we had been mitering
you had been mitering
they had been mitering
I would miter
you would miter
he/she/it would miter
we would miter
you would miter
they would miter
Past Conditional
I would have mitered
you would have mitered
he/she/it would have mitered
we would have mitered
you would have mitered
they would have mitered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miter - joint that forms a cornermiter - joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
joint - junction by which parts or objects are joined together
2.miter - the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made; "he covered the miter with glue before making the joint"
surface - the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary; "there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"
3.miter - a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasionsmiter - a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
headdress, headgear - clothing for the head
Verb1.miter - bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint
bevel, chamfer - cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel; "bevel the surface"
2.miter - confer a miter on (a bishop)
bestow, confer - present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
3.miter - fit together in a miter joint
bring together, join - cause to become joined or linked; "join these two parts so that they fit together"


(American) miter (ˈmaitə) noun
a type of headdress worn by archbishops and bishops.
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