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 Darr's body checking -- whether with her thumbs or in the mirror -- is one compulsion among many. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "For those with body dysmorphic disorder, masks do more than protect. They help them function," 21 Feb. 2021 Looking in the mirror, grab and pinch the skin under your eyes where your dark circles are. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This Trick Tells You What Type of Dark Under-Eye Circles You Have—And Which Product Will Treat Them," 19 Feb. 2021 Near the roots, clamp the curling iron down with the clamp pointed downward and facing you in the mirror. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "Curling Irons vs. Curling Wands: How to Use Each for Perfect Curls and Waves," 18 Feb. 2021 Accountability means looking in the mirror as well. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Jarrett Allen, Collin Sexton argument the kind of accountability Cleveland Cavaliers may need," 16 Feb. 2021 In one photo, Zendaya is seen taking a snap of her reflection in a mirror while wearing the signature cutout metallic gown, custom made by Jason Rembert from Aliette, showcased in the first part of the film. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Gives Fans a Gorgeous Glimpse Behind the Scenes of Malcolm & Marie," 10 Feb. 2021 Where the daughter does that singsong thing in the mirror and the detective finds the old guy crying in the boathouse? Sam Lipsyte, The New Yorker, "Waiting for To-Go," 18 Jan. 2021 For the 6, that means black 19-inch wheels, a black spoiler, and black side-mirror caps. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Mazda 6 Turbo Remains a Winning Package," 27 Jan. 2021 Watching various guests entertained by a fascinating larger-than-life mirror in the lobby reminded me of Chicago's famous Bean and how visitors flock to catch a glimpse of themselves in the stainless steel sculpture. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Here's how to satisfy your wanderlust without leaving Houston," 26 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The charges against Johnson and Fitzpatrick mirror those reports. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Cleveland Councilman Kenneth Johnson indicted on federal conspiracy charges involving reimbursements from city," 23 Feb. 2021 Known for their tenacity, snake plants mirror the human ability to survive under pressure after almost a year in quarantine. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "How did Bad Bunny end up as a snake plant on SNL? The team behind the skit explains," 23 Feb. 2021 Time and time again, Black musicians mirror what's going on in the world through their music and through providing music for others to perform. NBC News, "The soundtrack of history: How Black music has shaped American culture through time," 21 Feb. 2021 Independents mirror the full population, with 54% in support of the Senate convicting Trump and prohibiting him from holding office, and 45% against. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, "Majority of Americans say Trump should be convicted, barred from holding federal office in impeachment trial: POLL," 7 Feb. 2021 The ideas mirror many recommendations introduced last October in a House judiciary report led by Representative David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech," 26 Jan. 2021 Those dramatic increases mirror what the state saw after the holidays when people defied public health admonitions not to gather with family. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "Inside a California COVID ward, exhausted staff care for patients on the edge of life and death," 24 Jan. 2021 The 4-series Gran Coupe's interior will also mirror that of the other 4-series models, other than its roomier hatchback setup. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe Shows Its Face," 24 Dec. 2020 The views of Trump supporters mirror the claims made by the outgoing president, including their disdain for the media and concerns that the election was stolen from him. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Donald Trump’s Dallas-area supporters won’t accept his loss, say populist movement continues," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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