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mirror

noun mir·ror \ ˈmir-ər , mi-rər \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of mirror

1 : a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection
  • She looked at herself in the mirror.
2 a : something that gives a true representation
  • the press as a mirror of public opinion
  • —C. G. Bowers
b : an exemplary model
  • She is the mirror of feminine beauty.

mirrored

play \-(r)ərd, -(r)əd\ adjective

mirrorlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of mirror in a Sentence

  1. breaking a mirror is supposed to bring seven years of bad luck

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Origin and Etymology of mirror

Middle English mirour "object with a reflective surface, reflection, model of conduct," borrowed from Anglo-French mirur, mireour, from mirer "to look at" (going back to Latin mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at") + -ur, -eour 1-or — more at admire


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mirror

verb

Definition of mirror

transitive verb
1 : to reflect in or as if in a mirror
2 : resemble

Examples of mirror in a Sentence

  1. The building was mirrored in the lake.

  2. the still waters of the pond mirroring the cloudless sky above

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Origin and Etymology of mirror

derivative of 1mirror

mirror Synonyms



MIRROR Defined for English Language Learners

mirror

noun

Definition of mirror for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of glass that reflects images

  • : something that shows what another thing is like in a very clear and accurate way


mirror

verb

Definition of mirror for English Language Learners

  • : to be very similar to (something) : to show (something) in a very clear and accurate way

  • : to show the image of (something) on a surface


MIRROR Defined for Kids

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mirror

noun mir·ror \ ˈmir-ər \

Definition of mirror for Students

1 : a piece of glass that reflects images
2 : something that gives a true likeness or description The painting is a mirror of medieval life.

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mirror

verb

Definition of mirror for Students

mirrored; mirroring
: to reflect in or as if in a mirror
  • “Why is the sea such a color?” he asked. “Sea mirrors sky,” his father replied.
  • —Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave

Medical Dictionary

mirror

noun mir·ror \ ˈmir-ər \

medical Definition of mirror

: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection

Illustration of mirror



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