From Middle English mytre, from Old French mitre, from Ancient Greek μίτρα (mítra, “headband, turban”). Its use in reference to a counterfeit coin derived from the bishop's mitre stamped upon it. Doublet of Mithras, Mithra, Mitra, and Mehr.
mitre (plural mitres)
- A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by church dignitaries, which has been made in many forms, mostly recently a tall cap with two points or peaks.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairholt to this entry?)
- The surface forming the bevelled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint.
- (historical, numismatics) A 13th-century coin minted in Europe which circulated in Ireland as a debased counterfeit sterling penny, outlawed under Edward I.
- A cap or cowl for a chimney or ventilation pipe.
- A gusset in sewing, etc.
- (geometry, rare) A square with one triangular quarter missing from the outside.
- (13th-c. counterfeit coin): pollard, rosary, crockard, leonine, scalding, steeping, eagle
- To adorn with a mitre.
- To unite at an angle of 45°.
mitre f (plural mitres)
- plural of
- Alternative form of