mirror

noun
mir·​ror | \ˈmir-ər, mi-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 \ -​(r)ərd , -​(r)əd \ adjective
mirrorlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for mirror

Synonyms: Noun

glass, looking glass

Synonyms: Verb

image, reflect

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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

The edge of the bedroom mirror is still adorned with loads of credentials from the football camps he was invited to, and the official and unofficial visits to various college campuses. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "A parent's pain over his imprisoned football star son," 10 July 2018 Each lesson comes with a worksheet with training exercises, one of which was practicing form in front of a mirror. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Steph Curry's MasterClass basically turned me into an honorary Splash Brother," 8 June 2018 There is always a wait for a seat at the bar or one of the tables in the tiny dining room decorated in nautical shades of white and blue with plenty of mirrors. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appetit, "We Needed Our Routine. And We Needed a Lobster Roll.," 6 June 2018 The absence of mirrors inside struck us as a far more serious situation, preventing a proper post-meal primp and teeth check. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "High marks for Topside in food, drink and view," 22 May 2018 Orlando Cortez puffed out his chest and tugged at his vest, striking a pose in front of a mirror. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Students get outfitted for prom with a non-profit’s help," 12 May 2018 The document, one of two from Amerbach’s collection, features mirror writing on both sides, rendering it largely illegible. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrus," 13 July 2018 Elephants and magpies recognize themselves in mirrors. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 In fact, the saga of the lost Thai boys mirrors uncannily the situation of the thousands of migrant children being held in unspecified detention centers throughout our country. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Thai Cave Rescue Cannot Save Us From National Shame," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such a battle could mirror one that took place in the 1990s and resulted in the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Now Northrop Grumman Wants to Build Japan's New Fighter Jet," 9 July 2018 Those fortunes mirror what the Bombacinos have gone through in their family lives. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Neuqua Valley twins Tyler and Alyssa Bombacino on their father: 'We celebrate who he was and how positive he was.'," 12 May 2018 But the Braves’ approach may mirror Miami’s more closely — minus the international signing scandal that cost John Coppolella his job and the Braves 13 prospects. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Might the closest model for the Marlins be inside their division?," 11 May 2018 Some of its 28 guest rooms mirror neoclassical mansions, with French tapestry chairs and decorative drapery. Kristin Braswell, ELLE Decor, "Just In: Buenos Aires Is The New Paris," 19 Mar. 2018 Eighty percent of young people raised by parents with college diplomas report being encouraged to attend a four-year college—an experience mirrored by only 29 percent of students raised by parents without them. Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, "What School-Funding Debates Ignore," 22 Jan. 2018 Kevin’s not alone in his disdain for and mistrust of Miguel – in fact, his hostility towards his stepfather has pretty much mirrored the audience’s all along. Emma Dibdin, Cosmopolitan, "Miguel on This Is Us Is A Sweetheart and I Will Fight Anyone Who Says Otherwise," 17 Jan. 2018 The fall in summer working has been mirrored by a rise in summer studying. The Economist, "The youth of todayTeenagers are better behaved and less hedonistic nowadays," 10 Jan. 2018 The first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale form a loose diptych, mirroring and subverting each other in fascinating ways. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of mirror 

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

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