mirror

noun
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.

mirror

verb
mirrored; mirroring; mirrors

Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from mirror

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Or the sidewinding stories of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, taking a funhouse mirror to the fronts put up by struggling Angelenos. Los Angeles Times, "Spring reading: Here’s what to expect from authors featured at the 2021 Festival of Books," 11 Apr. 2021 Some parts have been left unpainted and hand-polished, so that the figure has alternating matte and mirror surfaces. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Black Panther Stars in a New Watch Collab Between Marvel and Audemars Piguet," 10 Apr. 2021 Richie previously posted a photo Grainge on social media last month, sharing a snap of the two posing for a mirror selfie while wearing masks. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Richie Confirms Her Relationship with Boyfriend Elliot Grainge in PDA-Filled Photo," 8 Apr. 2021 The kit includes a foaming hand soap, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, as well as a glass and mirror cleaner. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "34 Asian-owned brands to shop for all your everyday essentials," 8 Apr. 2021 The actress reshared her husband's hot AF mirror selfie on her own Instagram Story, but with some flirty text added for good measure. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shares a Sexy, Shirtless Picture of Husband Joe Jonas on Instagram," 21 Mar. 2021 Back in the States, meanwhile, Kylie Jenner gave us a cutesy mirror selfie in a slick magenta coat with a tiny Pepto pink bag to match. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner, Winnie Harlow, Serena Williams, and More," 13 Mar. 2021 For a casual mirror selfie, Lopez wore a super high-cut, bright-white swimsuit with a plunging neckline while sitting atop her legs. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Poses in a Super High-Cut White Swimsuit for a Sultry "Self-Care Sunday"," 1 Mar. 2021 Teigen, 35, shared a full body mirror selfie to Instagram Wednesday and reflected on her body and pregnancy journey. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Chrissy Teigen reflects on pregnancy loss, calling parts of her journey 'frustrating,' 'sad'," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tactics in some ways mirror early efforts, when vaccinators went to nursing homes to stem the tide of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, "Closing the COVID vaccine gap: Small clinics at Baltimore churches and apartment buildings reach vulnerable residents," 14 Apr. 2021 Those results mirror similar results seen in a study conducted by Eli Lilly of its monoclonal antibody in nursing homes. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Regeneron says antibody cocktail prevented Covid when given as simple injection, not an IV," 14 Apr. 2021 Hayes-Bautista, who directs the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the UCLA medical school, said California’s disparities probably mirror those elsewhere. USA Today, "California Latinos of all age groups ‘multiple’ times more likely to die from COVID-19 than whites, UCLA study finds," 9 Apr. 2021 Those measures mirror the Biden administration's ambitions on international taxation. Jim Tankersley, Star Tribune, "Democrats prepare plan to raise taxes on multinational corporations," 5 Apr. 2021 The California findings mirror the results of two national polls also released this week. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Republicans in California most opposed to taking COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows," 31 Mar. 2021 The Virginia policies mirror similar guidelines passed in more than a dozen other states. Washington Post, "Virginia Education Department sued over guidelines to protect transgender students," 30 Mar. 2021 The latest findings from the American Red Cross antibody testing among unvaccinated donors mirror more generalized data. John Bonifield And Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, "Covid-19 antibodies present in about 1 in 5 blood donations from unvaccinated people, according to data from the American Red Cross," 15 Mar. 2021 Supporters say gun sanctuary laws mirror other states keeping cooperation from federal immigration agents attempting to deport undocumented residents. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona GOP files ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ bill to ban state aid in federal anti-gun activity," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of mirror

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mirror

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of mirror entry 1

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Time Traveler for mirror

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The first known use of mirror was in the 13th century

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16 Apr 2021

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“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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mirror

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mirror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of glass that reflects images
: something that shows what another thing is like in a very clear and accurate way

mirror

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
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.

mirror

verb
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

mirror

noun
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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