Definition of mitre in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪtə
(US miter)


  • 1A tall headdress worn by bishops and senior abbots as a symbol of office, tapering to a point at front and back with a deep cleft between.
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    • In it, a bishop who had committed disgraceful acts was stripped of the symbols of his office - mitre, crosier and ring.
    • He is wearing a grey fantasy costume with a red collar and a red-black stripe in the front that resembles a mitre.
    • The mitre had a band, or plate of inscribed gold.
  • 2 (also mitre joint) A joint made between two pieces of wood or other material at an angle of 90°, such that the line of junction bisects this angle: [as modifier]: a mitre saw
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    • Apply some glue at the miter joint between the two pieces.
    • Once the miter joint looks good, lightly tack it in place.
    • Although a miter joint can be used, it is sometimes difficult to get a tight joint, especially when walls are drywall.
  • 2.1A diagonal seam between two pieces of fabric that are sewn together at a corner.
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    • Rethread the needle and, beginning at a bottom corner, blind stitch up the corner miter to the fabric upper edge.
    • On a sectioned shade, clip the corners at the shade lower edge so they form a miter when the hem is turned up.
  • 3 (also mitre shell) A mollusc of warm seas which has a sharply pointed shell with a narrow aperture, supposedly resembling a bishop’s mitre.
    • Family Mitridae, class Gastropoda: Mitra and other genera
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    • In one corner were piles of seashells attractively packaged and framed in boxes for hanging on the wall - cowries and mitre shells, murex and spider shells.
    • The nautilus shell and miter shell are arranged as illustrations from a natural science sketch book.
    • This lot includes 20 Pacific miter shells that have been hand-drilled through the tips to make them into beads.


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  • Join by means of a mitre joint or seam: turn up a double hem, mitring the corners
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    • When mitering the box trim, always start by first cutting and mounting an end trim piece, then the long front trim and finally the other end.
    • Pin pieces of 2-inch-wide ribbon onto each of the four edges of the curtain panel; miter the corners.
    • The corners were mitered as the top of the trim was placed and pinned around the panel.


late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek mitra 'belt or turban'.

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