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 mirrored (audio) , ˈmi-​rərd , ˈmir-​əd , ˈmi-​rəd \ adjective
mirrorlike \ ˈmir-​ər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mirrorlike (audio) , ˈmi-​rər-​ \ 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

Each palette comes with its own big mirror inside, which makes them ideal for when you're strapped for time and doing your makeup in an Uber or going on vacation and need a palette that has it all. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Balm Is Launching "Autobalm" Cheek and Eye Shadow Palettes That Look Just Like License Plates," 26 Mar. 2019 In a concentrated solar power plant, large arrays of mirrors reflect sunlight onto a single tower, heating the fluid inside it. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Design tweaks include reducing the numbers of mirrors on the wall, and positioning beds away from facing the door—both concessions to feng shui (the former bounces energy, creating restlessness; the latter is the position of the dead). Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 The Padres’ shortstop on Tuesday was named the Texas League’s player of the month for May, a reward for putting a dismal April completely in his rear-view mirror. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fernando Tatis Jr. named Texas League player of the month," 5 June 2018 Thurber makes that trickery explicit by setting one action scene in a fun house hall of mirrors, a derivative trompe l’oeil conceit of which the filmmakers prove far too enamored. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Dwayne Johnson scales the heights in the thrillingly dumb 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 Peer down an elevator shaft covered in mirrors, interact with a digital silhouette wall, and hear stories from some of the many celebrities who call L.A. home. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "High Above the City Streets, OUE Skyspace Offers a Fresh Perspective on Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Despite the camper’s small size, the Interstate Nineteen still includes a wet bath with toilet, one-piece shower, sink, mirror, a retractable clothes line, and a cute riveted aluminum porthole door. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Airstream debuts new compact luxury camper van," 4 Sep. 2018 In many ways, what is happening with coffee mirrors what is happening with retail in general, say coffee and retail experts alike. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In New York, Don’t Just Drink Your Coffee—Learn About It First," 23 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ginsburg has modified her judicial wardrobe over the years with a polite, yet effective hand, mirroring her careful adjudication style (she is known for her meticulous dissents). Marley Marius, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsberg! An Ode to the Supreme Court Justice and Her Iconic Accessorizing," 15 Mar. 2019 Dell’s Mobile Connect software, once exclusive to Dell PCs and now available to all Windows PCs and Android phones, has already performed screen mirroring for about 15 months. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Android phone mirroring arrives in new Windows 10 preview build 18356," 13 Mar. 2019 African-Americans counted for about 29 percent of voters in the 2014 Democratic primary, said spokesman Geoff Burgan, mirroring a similar turnout rate in 2010. Elizabeth Koh And Kirby Wilson, miamiherald, "Tallahassee mayor's path to Governor's mansion runs through Florida's black community," 28 June 2018 Courtesy Invanti A testing ground that looks more like the rest of the country Situated in the center of the Great Lakes region, South Bend has a history that mirrors many other manufacturing-heavy Midwestern cities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 Herrera Beutler led on election night with 52 percent of the vote, a result that mirrored the primary election when the Republican primary candidates combined for about 51 percent of the vote, to 49 percent for the Democrats. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "GOP’s McMorris Rodgers wins, Herrera Beutler leads in Washington state congressional races," 6 Nov. 2018 Every year, clients go through color cycles that mirror the season. Janell Hickman, Allure, ""Flannel Hair" Is the Fabric-Inspired Color Trend Trend That's Got Us Psyched for Fall," 16 Aug. 2018 The design mirrors the actual windows on the opposite wall, and as Buzzetta points out, keeps things from feeling too closed off. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Exclusive: How Antonino Buzzetta Transformed His Own Kitchen," 9 Nov. 2018 The shop mirrors Starbucks’ first signing store, which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2016. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 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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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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