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

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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

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 Based on what Garland said Saturday morning, players are willing to look in the mirror. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland defends John Beilein and coaching staff, says second-half woes are on players: ‘We’re grown men’," 3 Feb. 2020 There are hanging jellyfish, bubble mirrors and a seashell island. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child-sized Kwik Trip, Harley and Sendik's are some of the hands-on exhibits at Wisconsin children's museums," 31 Jan. 2020 Coastal Blue, Moss, Sand, and Wild Rose. Montara Arch Floor Mirror Hunting for the perfect floor mirror? Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "Rattan, Florals, and Palms: Serena & Lily’s New Spring Collection Is a Vacay State of Mind," 30 Jan. 2020 After the most blissful 45 minutes, a peek in the mirror gives me the ultimate satisfaction. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why a Facial From Rescue Spa Is Worth It," 29 Jan. 2020 Reflected in the mirror is Klosty, squatting on the floor across the room, dressed in white, holding the camera to his face. Melissa Harris, The New York Review of Books, "‘That Single Fleeting Moment’: Merce Cunningham in Images," 11 Jan. 2020 Even women who might have looked in the mirror and seen the same nearly coal black skin and tightly coiled hair reflected back had trouble reckoning with this Elle cover girl. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 And today’s parting shot is a holiday greeting from a kind soul trying to make this old dude feel a little better about looking in the mirror. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Bears smarter than Rams with hire of Ed McCaffrey as football coach," 14 Dec. 2019 In a scene that mirrors but doesn’t duplicate her later rescue of Steve Trevor, young Diana pulls a teenage girl named Alia Keralis out of a shipwreck, which could get the young Amazon exiled. cleveland, "An amazing year ahead for Wonder Woman: Captain Comics," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two companies are extreme examples of the rally in risky European corporate bonds—mirroring the advance in U.S. high-yield debt—since the start of December. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "European High-Yield Bond Rally May Be Over-Hyped," 23 Jan. 2020 Concerns have been raised that Hollywood could face another #OscarsSoWhite situation, mirroring the recent British Academy film awards nominations, which recognized only white actors. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Oscars 2020: How to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards live," 13 Jan. 2020 The result was an unprecedented hybrid of East and West, mirrored in the mix of pujaris, or Hindu priests, and British soldiers that populate several paintings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "London Exhibit Celebrates Indian Artists Who Captured Natural History for the East India Company," 4 Dec. 2019 Ricotta used a copy of the cellphone video that was presented as evidence in the municipal court case, instead of seizing the phone and forensically mirroring the hard drive. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Jury selection begins in case of North Royalton police officer charged with perjury over drunken-driving arrest," 18 Nov. 2019 But the dress itself left a lasting impression, too: the striking color (mirroring the Fijian flag); the elegant cape detail; the narrow, unfussy silhouette. Vogue, "The Designer Behind Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama’s Best Looks is Now Making Wedding Dresses," 8 Nov. 2019 Hopper, whose 370 pounds mirrors the size of his influence on the team, lost everything in the fire. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Football games in Paradise are anything but for Bobcats’ opponents," 19 Oct. 2019 Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, with Connecticut mirroring national trends. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Walk Raises Awareness For Suicide Prevention," 30 Sep. 2019 An impostor preyed on Kik near its peak in the news cycle, used the CEO’s likeness in their communications, and issued statements mirroring those previously published by Kik on its Medium blog. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Why crypto hoaxes are so successful," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for mirror

mirror

noun
How to pronounce mirror (audio)

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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