miracle

noun

mir·​a·​cle ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio)
1
: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
the healing miracles described in the Gospels
2
: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
The bridge is a miracle of engineering.
3
Christian Science : a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law

Examples of miracle in a Sentence

She believed that God had given her the power to work miracles. It would take a miracle for this team to win. the miracle of his recovery These days, thanks to the miracle of television, we can watch events happening on the other side of the world.
Recent Examples on the Web This small-but-mighty miracle worker comes in 11 appealing colors and efficiently cools me off with a touch of a button. Jennifer Chan, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2024 After leading the Brewers to the playoffs five times in the last six years, overpaid manager Craig Counsell (five years for a record $40,000,000) will try to be a miracle worker on a mediocre team coming off three straight lackluster campaigns. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 That the marque juggled them—in the dealer showroom and on the track—is nothing short of a miracle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 The beleaguered beer brand could have used a few miracles itself after one of its rockiest years ever. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 In fact, some days, making it to the bottom is a miracle. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 Of course, if good farce is a miracle, bad farce is a curse, and Curb Your Enthusiasm has sometimes been bad farce. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 His true story of overcoming debilitating injuries and personal roadblocks to reach professional baseball is nothing short of a miracle. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 California’s Salton Sea is beginning to look like a miracle. Alina Clough, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin mīrāculum, going back to Latin, "something amazing, marvel," from mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at" + -culum, suffix of instrument (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at admire

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miracle was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

miracle

noun
mir·​a·​cle ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio)
1
: an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the supernatural power of God
2
: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
Etymology

Middle English miracle "a miracle," from early French miracle (same meaning), derived from Latin miraculum "a wonder," from mirari "to wonder at" — related to admire

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