mir·​a·​cle | \ ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Getting that much cash together so quickly might be difficult, even for an alderman, but miracles do happen in Chicago. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: What was in that felon’s trunk? More evidence that the Cook County bond system is broken," 22 Aug. 2019 Getting a single ride from Idaho to Arizona was a kind of miracle. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 The Hulett ore unloaders were miracles of early 20th-century technology that vastly sped up the unloading of coal, iron ore and limestone from ships in the Great Lakes. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Giant Hulett ore unloader parts could rise again as part of Cleveland lakefront plan," 18 Aug. 2019 In that time of tragedy, a miracle happened in Midland City. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Inside the critical moments of a football tragedy," 8 Aug. 2019 With the miracle of the strap-on, two people with vaginas can also enjoy the eye and body contact intimacy missionary provides. Sophie Saint Thomas, refinery29.com, "The Most Satisfying Sex Positions for Lesbians," 20 June 2019 Brundidge sought divine intervention and prayed for a miracle. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "An autistic Cottage Grove boy shocks his family — and charms the internet — by suddenly singing ‘Old Town Road’," 9 June 2019 This is a kind of miracle, that happens very rarely. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "My Brilliant Friend," 12 July 2019 Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us, Saint Jude worker of miracles pray for us, Saint Jude help of the hopeless pray for us. courant.com, "Saint Jude," 29 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce miracle (audio) \

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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