mirror

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noun

mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
ˈmi-rər
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 opinionC. G. Bowers
b
: an exemplary model
She is the mirror of feminine beauty.
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

mirror

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verb

mirrored; mirroring; mirrors

transitive verb

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

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
In her first post, a mirror selfie, the Only Murders in the Building star wore a mesh shirt with dragon details over a tank top, a bubble miniskirt and a pair of knee-high black boots. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2024 The circulation of Althoff's deepfakes mirrors what happened to Taylor Swift last month. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 The show explores the growing friendship between Bella and Susanna, and is at its most delightful during the pair’s identity swaps (a great visual gag has Bella acting as a full-length mirror at one point). Missy Frederick, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 Other viewers may beg to differ, of course, but like Angot’s writing, the film as a whole has a magic mirror quality, like so many abuse stories; everyone sees something slightly different reflected in the surface, depending on their own experience. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 One five-star reviewer shared: ‘This mirror is so pretty and well made. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 One night, Jakub faces the bathroom mirror and observes what looks like a small tarantula crawling around under his skin, until its legs pop out of his nose and mouth. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 To one’s left: two ladies of a more mature vintage, with identical crimson manicures, sitting side by side beneath a mirror. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 On both sides of the mural, smaller colorful works hang, adorned with circular mirrors. Suyin Haynes, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024
Verb
As consumer expectations evolve to prioritize representation and authenticity, the advertising sector must step up to the plate, ensuring that its flagship campaigns authentically mirror the rich diversity of society. Kalina Bryant, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Many fans have wondered if Usher’s setlist from his Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM will be somewhat mirrored. TIME, 10 Feb. 2024 James Mohammad glanced at his uncle, who seemed to be considering Zhao Jin’s offer with a measure of skepticism that mirrored his own. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 The disagreement has been mirrored in decisions by courts and election officials in some of those blue states. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Majors’ trajectory could end up more closely mirroring that of Nate Parker, a Black actor and director. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Whitney designs high-end, eco-friendly homes whose mirrored siding and interior décor by local Native artists literally, and figuratively, reflect the surrounding community—the working-class, predominantly Latino town of Española. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 The dramatic collapse of Mr. Armstrong’s empire mirrors the arc of the industry — a once-high-flying sector now tarred by scandal and teetering on the edge of mainstream relevance. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The Sun’s new owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s David Smith, made his fortune plundering local broadcast news, draining their local community value and turning them into outlets centered on national politics, rather than local issues, with a right-wing slant that mirrored his own. Matthew Jordan, The Conversation, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

mirror

1 of 2 noun
mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
1
: a smooth or polished surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection
2
: something that gives a true likeness or description

mirror

2 of 2 verb
1
: to reflect in or as if in a mirror
2
: resemble
her presentation mirrored that of her classmates

Medical Definition

mirror

noun
mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection

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