mirror

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noun

mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
ˈmi-rər
1
: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection
She looked at herself in the mirror.
2
a
: 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
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

mirror

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verb

mirrored; mirroring; mirrors

transitive verb

1
: to reflect in or as if in a mirror
2

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Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The 30-second teaser opened with the Evil Queen’s iconic question to her magic mirror. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 Soak for 20-30 minutes to achieve the most supple, luscious skin your mirror has ever seen! Ava Darrin, ELLE, 26 Aug. 2022 Several videos showed a message scrawled on her bathroom mirror in lipstick. Todd Spangler, Variety, 25 Aug. 2022 The hit-and-run vehicle is possibly a white, silver, or light-colored 2006 to 2010 model Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, or Chrysler 300 that is missing its driver’s side mirror, highway patrol said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2022 Development of the world's premier space observatory began in 2004, and after years of delays, the telescope and its massive gold mirror finally launched on December 25, 2021. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 He's been full-go since the start of camp, and the Achilles seems to be in his rear-view mirror now. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2022 So Albuquerque was actually looking in his mirror while going flat out through the Kink. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 7 Aug. 2022 Ree started with several selfies in the reflection of her car side mirror. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022
Verb
According to Not a Bully, dogs may howl with their owners to mirror their behavior and reinforce social bonds. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 In Nourishing Treatment for sleek buns and polished texture to mirror the energy. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 16 Sep. 2022 In the past, other efforts to mirror websites to avoid blocking have been created. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 To mirror that lively stage presence, Hoppus currently plays a flashy Fender Custom Jaguar bass, which features a gloss polyester hot-pink finish. Spin Staff, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 Governments have designed the market to mirror how prices are set for other commodities: the most costly production needed to meet demand sets the price received by all producers. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 The first developments we are expected to see are likely to mirror those that occurred as classical computers moved from being lab toys or something only the largest corporations could afford in the latter half of the 20th century. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 After a nearly seven-year hiatus, the 12-time Grammy Award winner will resurface with a new album whose themes mirror his 1995 multiplatinum achievement, Waiting To Exhale. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 26 Aug. 2022 Color is everything at Farrow & Ball, whose shades are minutely calibrated to both mirror the moment and, ideally, outlast it. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mirror was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

mirror 1 of 2

noun

mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
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: 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

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verb

mirrored; mirroring
: 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

Medical Definition

mirror

noun

mir·​ror ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio)
: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection

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