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 An archer searching for his target in the mirror, wounded only by my own arrows. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Just not looking in the mirror quite so much has been really relaxing. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 June 2021 Likewise, the finger reflected in the mirror shouldn’t be visible. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 This mirror to society has been an epiphany for so many and has encouraged a whole new generation to take their health and beauty seriously. Devin Haman, Forbes, 21 May 2021 For me, Mark’s mirror was his sort of redemption challenge. Emily Palmer Heller, Vulture, 14 May 2021 For a long period of time, that mirror was a false image. Yesha Callahan, Glamour, 3 May 2021 Those are long gone, though the long mirror that once stood behind one of the bars still is on the south wall of what now is the chapel and dining hall. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 This light-up storage mirror is a must-have for beauty lovers everywhere. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Such a path would mirror how Biden won approval of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan in March after talks with Republican fizzled. Ryan Sparrow, USA Today, 30 May 2021 The goal of this ETF is to mirror the performance of the S&P 500 as closely as possible, and is relatively self explanatory. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The clotting concerns about the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine closely mirror those over the AstraZeneca shot, which also uses adenovirus vector technology to stimulate an immune response. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 And, companies are trying to mirror the technology employees use in their own lives, which is simple, intuitive and personalized. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2021 Both states closely mirror Alabama’s total response rate, as well. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2020 Bonica predicts that the campaign trail will closely mirror the trajectory of many corporate offices in the US: everyone who can is working remotely out of necessity, but eventually some of those people will begin going back. Ricki Harris, Wired, 21 Aug. 2020 And that's a major concern as college campuses and schools reopen and people resume activities that more closely mirror their pre-pandemic lives. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2020 While most are likely to agree that yoga pants may not be the best expression of our professional selves, leaders may want to consider relaxing dress codes to more closely mirror what is actually necessary to perform well. Jan Dubauskas, Forbes, 12 May 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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15 Jun 2021

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“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for mirror

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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