What does the word miter mean?

Usage examples for miter

  1. One saw a throng of ecclesiastics in robes and ermine; the white plumes of the Guard Noble; the pages and chamberlains in scarlet; other pages, or what not, in black short- clothes, short swords, gold chains, cloak hanging from the shoulder, and stiff white ruffs; thirty- six cardinals in violet robes, with high miter- shaped white silk hats, that looked not unlike the pasteboard " trainer- caps" that boys wear when they play soldier; crucifixes, and a blazoned banner here and there; and, at last, the pope, in his red chair, borne on the shoulders of red lackeys, heaving along in a sea- sicky motion, clad in scarlet and gold, with a silver miter on his head, feebly making the papal benediction with two upraised fingers, and moving his lips in blessing. – Saunterings by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  2. Fearfully, the bishop emerged from hiding, his robes disheveled and his miter askew. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs