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

The brand’s signature bright hues and playful shapes mirror Tran’s own personal style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Alyce Tran Is Here to Edit Your Handbag and Your Life," 2 May 2019 On Thursday, the lip kit mogul posted a mirror picture of herself wearing a bandana-print bikini. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Bandana Bikini on Instagram—and It's Available on Amazon," 19 Apr. 2019 Last week my darling Tina knocked the side mirror off our Honda Odyssey while squeezing past a pickup on a narrow street. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Kia Niro EV: A Family-Size EV You Can Actually Afford," 22 Mar. 2019 Since her 60-pound weight loss, Jameson has shared a slew of new body mirror fans on social media, encouraging fans struggling with weight loss that it can be done. Fox News, "Jenna Jameson opens up about battle with loose skin after losing 60 lbs," 28 Sep. 2018 The company's business models mirrors that of other startups offering hardware with a service attached. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 And the character played by Chlumsky, Amy Brookheimer, perpetually vying to be Selina’s right-hand-woman, offers a kind of mirror of this attitude, masochistically wading in the muck of politics, but rarely doing so in pants. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Anna Chlumsky: Veep Was Never a Show About Feminism. And It Was Always a Show About Feminism.," 29 Mar. 2019 Kapito lined Calacatta marble in black in the husband's space at her project, and used just the white marble with lots of mirrors in the wife's. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Would You Try This Divisive New Bathroom Trend?," 28 Mar. 2019 Pull out your liquid liner, pop a squat in front of the mirror, and follow along for their tips on how do winged eyeliner right. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Exactly How to Do Winged Eyeliner, According to Celebrity Makeup Artists," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unlike Disney's previous live-action remakes, this one won’t mirror the original. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018 Pop culture will probably always mirror the divides playing out in society. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "Radio Atlantic: Is Politics Ruining Pop Culture?," 4 May 2018 The deal will closely mirror one reached in January between the U.S. and Qatar, the individuals said. Josh Lederman, chicagotribune.com, "U.S., United Arab Emirates near deal to solve airline subsidy spat, sources say," 13 Apr. 2018 That will likely mirror what happened in Philly in 1976 for the bicentennial when the city hosted the MLB, NHL and NBA All-Star Games and the NCAA Final Four. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Scott Kingery joins Chase Utley with grand slam | Extra Innings," 11 Apr. 2018 The menu at the new restaurant will mirror the dishes currently served at the BBC restaurant and taproom at Third and Main streets. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Cheers! Popular brewery BBC has made its long-awaited return to Fourth and Broadway," 10 Apr. 2018 The decor will mirror that of the existing restaurant, with its earth tones, dark flooring and generous use of brick accents. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Saffron expanding its Thai chicken to La Jolla," 9 Apr. 2018 The question will mirror the ACS question, which asks whether a person is a citizen by birth or by naturalization or isn’t a citizen. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Trump Administration Adds Citizenship Question to 2020 Census," 26 Mar. 2018 Sunday will mirror Saturday with some chances for sun and some for showers, highs in the upper 40s. OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Mostly cloudy to start, afternoon showers likely; high of 47," 1 Mar. 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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