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Definition of "miter" [mi•ter]

  • 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. (noun)
  • A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece. (noun)
  • The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests. (noun)
  • A miter joint. (noun)
  • The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "miter" in a sentence
  • "I don't know what an auxiliary bishop is, but his miter is a might smaller than a real bishop's."
  • "By the way, if you like that hat which is called a miter or mitre, in Britain, I commend to you this photoessay."
  • "This is called the "miter" and may be 45 degrees or any other angle."