mir·​ror | \ ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio) , ˈmi-rər \

Definition of mirror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection She looked at herself in the mirror.
2a : 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; mirroring; mirrors

Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from mirror


mirrored \ ˈmir-​ərd How to pronounce mirror (audio) , ˈmi-​rərd , ˈmir-​əd , ˈmi-​rəd \ adjective
mirrorlike \ ˈmir-​ər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mirror (audio) , ˈmi-​rər-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for mirror

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of mirror in a Sentence

Noun breaking a mirror is supposed to bring seven years of bad luck Verb The building was mirrored in the lake. the still waters of the pond mirroring the cloudless sky above
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wanting to look and feel your best is one thing, but staring into a mirror for hours to point out emerging lines and wrinkles could indicate a crisis. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 July 2022 And that thanks to Caan, that last shot of him mysteriously smiling at his slashed face in a mirror is a pitch-perfect Seventies downer ending. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2022 Perhaps this is the predictable result of millions of individuals trying to fashion a pop star into a mirror. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 28 June 2022 But the final shot of Thompson, regrading her naked body in a mirror, elevates it further. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 18 June 2022 The flood mitigation plans along Pinhook Creek, the development of the non-descript drainage ditch in downtown Huntsville into a mirror of San Antonio’s River Walk. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 30 Mar. 2022 Staring into a mirror resolutely, Elizabeth is again ready to put patients’ lives at risk and defraud her investors. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 Recently, a buyer in Tokyo placed an order for baby Cortezes to hang from a rear view mirror. Jennifer Sawhney, Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2022 The easy-money environment that many investors grew accustomed to over the past 13 years is in the rear view mirror. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All six districts have populations between 118,500 and 119,315 people and were designed to mirror Lake County’s major watersheds, while keeping various municipalities and county board districts as consistent as possible. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 The color scheme of green and tree bark brown is intended to mirror the forest outside of the city. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 The iMGP DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF, which seeks to mirror the performance of the largest hedge funds employing that strategy, has gained 21% in 2022. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 But an eleventh-hour push by Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, in recent weeks, has taken Democrats by surprise and raised questions about how the caucus wants to mirror the diversity that makes up its party’s base. Marianna Sotomayor And Leigh Ann Caldwell, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 This relationship seems to mirror the controversial relationship between Aria and Ezra from Pretty Little Liars. Seventeen, 28 July 2022 At Understory, the menu is an unapologetic mélange of culinary influences, designed by the staff to mirror their identities: Filipino adobo, Burmese semolina cake, Moroccan lamb tagine, a Mexican chile relleno. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2022 The ceilings are too low for the obstacle courses at the mall to mirror those on the massive NBC set. Wesley Lapointe, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 The acquisition intends to mirror what Bulletin has done on its digital platform and infuse that into NY NOW, breaking down the cost barrier for designers and making the event more accessible for business owners. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mirror


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 -or entry 1 — more at admire


derivative of mirror entry 1

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mir·​ror | \ ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio) \

Kids Definition of mirror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


mirrored; mirroring

Kids Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


mir·​ror | \ ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio) \

Medical Definition of mirror

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

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