mir·​a·​cle | \ˈmir-i-kəl \

Definition of miracle 

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

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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.
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Retinols/retinoids This topical anti-wrinkle ingredient is basically deemed a straight-up miracle by most derms. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "4 Skin-Care Ingredients That Simultaneously Treat Acne and Signs of Aging," 31 Oct. 2018 Halloween miracles are real, and so is Halloweentown! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Cast of "Halloweentown" Just Had Their First Reunion in 20 Years," 15 Oct. 2018 Released at the beginning of this month, Fashion Climbing is a miracle that no-one expected, and all of us are richer for. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fall's Must-Have Fashion and Design Books," 19 Sep. 2018 But that was in Green Bay and with Rodgers pulling off a few miracles along the say. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Over/Unders: How many receptions will Tyler Lockett have? What will Michael Dickson’s punting average be? And more!," 17 Sep. 2018 Kind of got lucky enough to be back in consumer internet through the miracle that Match was in Dallas. Recode Staff, Recode, "Tinder’s owner doesn’t expect old people to stay on Tinder," 31 July 2018 The world’s hope is that nature will relent to allow the miracle to proceed. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Thailand cave rescue shows what true heroism is all about," 9 July 2018 But 5- and 6-year-olds also often credited miracles or luck. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, "Why We Feel the Need to Knock On Wood," 17 Oct. 2018 Apparently some people were not as impressed as me by the beauty that is the miracle of life. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kris Jenner Reveals She Delivered Kylie Jenner's Baby Stormi: "I Pulled Her Out"," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of miracle

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miracle

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

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English Language Learners Definition of miracle

: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God

: a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement


mir·​a·​cle | \ˈmir-i-kəl \

Kids Definition of miracle

1 : an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the power of God

2 : something (as an event or accomplishment) that is very outstanding, unusual, or wonderful It will take a miracle for us to win.

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