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 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 Not even Disney, which has contributed millions to the longtime lobbying efforts to keep casinos from being built in Florida, can look itself in the mirror and be against sports betting. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Kudos to Gambling Guv, Ron DeSantis, for landmark sports betting breakthrough | Commentary," 24 Apr. 2021 Don’t let the person in the mirror be your biggest adversary. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "‘We were blown away to see the success’: Kane County Jail drug treatment program slashes post-incarceration overdoses," 23 Apr. 2021 The actor, whose new children’s book is about an exuberant young girl and her dad, shared a mirror selfie on Thursday, April 15, of himself covered in what looks like purple eye shadow. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Channing Tatum Let His Daughter Put Makeup on Him, and the Results Are Iconic," 16 Apr. 2021 Most recently, Dua Lipa took a mirror selfie while wearing a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier orange and yellow vest over a white shirt, something that was reminiscent of a really beautiful cater waiter. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can the Tiny Little Vest Be Hot?," 14 Apr. 2021 Or the sidewinding stories of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, taking a funhouse mirror to the fronts put up by struggling Angelenos. Los Angeles Times, "Spring reading: Here’s what to expect from authors featured at the 2021 Festival of Books," 11 Apr. 2021 Some parts have been left unpainted and hand-polished, so that the figure has alternating matte and mirror surfaces. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Black Panther Stars in a New Watch Collab Between Marvel and Audemars Piguet," 10 Apr. 2021 Richie previously posted a photo Grainge on social media last month, sharing a snap of the two posing for a mirror selfie while wearing masks. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Richie Confirms Her Relationship with Boyfriend Elliot Grainge in PDA-Filled Photo," 8 Apr. 2021 The kit includes a foaming hand soap, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, as well as a glass and mirror cleaner. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "34 Asian-owned brands to shop for all your everyday essentials," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The knockout rounds would mirror the current Champions League format: two-legged playoffs leading to a championship final at the end of May. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Has the European Super League come to save club soccer or bury it?," 20 Apr. 2021 The big bets on marijuana, analysts said, were made on the assumption that marijuana sales in Canada would mirror the sharp spike in liquor sales that occurred in the United States after the end of Prohibition. New York Times, "After ‘Green Rush,’ Canada’s Legal Pot Suppliers Are Stumbling," 18 Apr. 2021 Opening a discount chain would mirror traditional retailers’ decades-old approach to offloading slow-selling merchandise. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Amazon is considering home goods and electronics discount stores," 5 Apr. 2021 Opening a discount chain would mirror traditional retailers’ decades-old approach to offloading slow-selling merchandise. Fortune, "Amazon exploring opening outlets selling home goods, electronics," 1 Apr. 2021 After being elected president, Joe Biden pledged that his Cabinet would mirror America’s diversity. USA Today, "Tracking the confirmation of Biden’s Cabinet members," 5 Mar. 2021 Way back in 1979, the American Society of News Editors forecasted that by the year 2000, the percentage of racial and ethnic minorities in newsrooms would mirror the population at large. Alex Reimer, Forbes, "Why Unpaid Internships In Sports Media Are Especially Problematic," 3 Mar. 2021 Such a model — which would mirror other benefits programs, such as food stamps — could give consumers greater choice and cut down on administrative costs. Clare Duffy, CNN, "How Joe Biden can boost the economic recovery by expanding internet access," 22 Feb. 2021 That would mirror the approach taken by most federal agencies; for instance, employees of the Food and Drug Administration can’t own stock in pharmaceutical companies. Joe Nocera Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "'Stop Trading' Act for Congress isn't stopping much trading," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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