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[mee-trey; Spanish mee-tre]
Bartolomé [bahr-taw-law-me] , 1821–1906, Argentine soldier, statesman, and author: president of Argentina 1862–68.
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mitre or (US) miter (ˈmaɪtə)
1.  Christianity the liturgical headdress of a bishop or abbot, in most western churches consisting of a tall pointed cleft cap with two bands hanging down at the back
2.  short for mitre joint
3.  a bevelled surface of a mitre joint
4.  (in sewing) a diagonal join where the hems along two sides meet at a corner of the fabric
5.  to make a mitre joint between (two pieces of material, esp wood)
6.  to make a mitre in (a fabric)
7.  to confer a mitre upon: a mitred abbot
[C14: from Old French, from Latin mitra, from Greek mitra turban]
miter or (US) miter
[C14: from Old French, from Latin mitra, from Greek mitra turban]

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Word Origin & History

"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, the wearing of which by men was regarded in Rome as a mark of effeminacy" [OED]. But the word was used in Vulgate to translate Heb. micnepheth "headdress of a priest."
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Bible Dictionary

Mitre definition

(Heb. mitsnepheth), something rolled round the head; the turban or head-dress of the high priest (Ex. 28:4, 37, 39; 29:6, etc.). In the Authorized Version of Ezek. 21:26, this Hebrew word is rendered "diadem," but in the Revised Version, "mitre." It was a twisted band of fine linen, 8 yards in length, coiled into the form of a cap, and worn on official occasions (Lev. 8:9; 16:4; Zech. 3:5). On the front of it was a golden plate with the inscription, "Holiness to the Lord." The mitsnepheth differed from the mitre or head-dress (migba'ah) of the common priest. (See BONNET.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Britannica


liturgical headdress worn by Roman Catholic bishops and abbots and some Anglican and Lutheran bishops. It has two shield-shaped stiffened halves that face the front and back. Two fringed streamers, known as lappets, hang from the back. It developed from the papal tiara and came into use in the 11th century.

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Example sentences
So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments.
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