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.


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


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 But this struggle for quantum advantage need not be a perfect mirror of the space race. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 15 July 2021 In some ways, Rusciano’s pizza in teglia is the mirror opposite of his Neapolitan pie. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 In some ways, the focus vs. diversification dilemma can be a mirror of the strategy vs. tactics dynamic. Tomer Bar Zeev, Quartz, 1 June 2021 As this partnership suggests, the ransomware ecosystem is a distorted mirror of corporate culture, with everything from job interviews to procedures for handling disputes. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, 24 May 2021 At the end of the spectacle is a mirror in the shape of the masonry wall in Derry where the British army massacred Irish protesters. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Oftentimes, art is supposed to be a mirror of society. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 13 May 2021 Facebook is a mirror that reflects the culture that sustains it. The Editors, National Review, 6 May 2021 That critical failure to suss Bailey out is a horrible mirror to the revelations of recent days. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those profiles don’t mirror each other anymore, but the on-field comparison still stands with 2022 five-star receiver Caleb Burton serving as his Garrett Wilson. Stephen Means, cleveland, 6 July 2021 The Ruby Young Hybrid School learning model will not mirror previous virtual learning models where teachers are simultaneously teaching both in-person and virtual learners, according to the district. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Our core collection does mirror the demographics of America when we were founded in 1941, when the country was almost 90% white. Zachary Small New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 State officials were quick to point out that the government’s healthy balance sheets don’t mirror those of tens of thousands of Maryland families who have endured record unemployment, hunger and job losses concentrated among lower-paying industries. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Additionally, the data collected on transmission in schools—which won’t always mirror how the virus spreads in the community at large—can give public-health officials key information on where, and among whom, spread is occurring. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Mar. 2021 The original Dirty Drummer opened in Phoenix in 1975, and Armstrong says the crowds mirror that historyby wearing vintage Suns gear from the '70s, '80s and 1993, the last time the team made the finals. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 State health officials thought vaccinations of children might mirror the rate of the adult population, Reed said, because minors need permission from a parent or guardian to get a COVID-19 vaccination. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 July 2021 Ghosts of previous qualifiers aside, the main reason Skinner didn’t expect the committee to select her as an individual competitor is because her strengths — floor and vault — mirror those of Jade Carey. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of mirror


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mirror


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


derivative of mirror entry 1

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“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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



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


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.


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


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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