Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
  2. (noun, artifact) the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made
  3. (noun, artifact) joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner

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Synonyms of Mitre

miter, miter joint, mitre joint

Alternate forms of Mitre

Hypernyms: headdress, headgear, joint, surface

Origin of the word Mitre

  1. "bishop's tall hat," late 14c., from O.Fr. mitre, from L. mitra, from Gk. mitra "headband, turban," earlier a piece of armor worn about the waist, from PIE base *mei- "to tie" (cf. Skt. Mitrah, O.Pers. Mithra-, god names; Rus. mir "world, peace," Gk. mitos "a warp thread"). In L., "a kind of headdress common among Asiatics… more

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