mitre

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English[edit]

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The evolution of the shape of the mitre.
Stylized mitres are often found in ecclesiastical heraldry.

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmaɪtəɹ/
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  • Hyphenation: mi‧tre
  • Rhymes: -aɪtə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

mitre (plural mitres)

  1. 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?)
  2. 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.
  3. (historical, numismatics) A 13th-century coin minted in Europe which circulated in Ireland as a debased counterfeit sterling penny, outlawed under Edward I.
  4. A cap or cowl for a chimney or ventilation pipe.
  5. A gusset in sewing, etc.
  6. (geometry, rare) A square with one triangular quarter missing from the outside.

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Verb[edit]

mitre (third-person singular simple present mitres, present participle mitring, simple past and past participle mitred) (Commonwealth of Nations)

  1. To adorn with a mitre.
  2. To unite at an angle of 45°.

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

mitre f (plural mitres)

  1. mitre

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mitre f

  1. plural of mitra

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

mitre

  1. Alternative form of mytre