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 If women today look in the mirror and see little of the Madonna, let men congratulate them on their sanity, and agree that the Madonna belongs only in heaven. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, Harper's Magazine, "A Perfect Woman," 24 Nov. 2020 These days, amid a pandemic, this is what life can look like: Staring at your face on Zoom for hours instead of occasionally glimpsing it in the mirror. Anne D'innocenzio And Sophia Rosenbaum, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why self-care priorities are shifting during the pandemic," 24 Nov. 2020 Wake up, look in the mirror and express love for every body part. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These Mindful Eating Habits Will Help Relieve Stress," 24 Nov. 2020 In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Trek has taken a hard look in the mirror and at an industry that has historically lacked a conscious effort to include people of color. Fortune, "How Trek Bicycles has kept a great culture rolling in a fast-moving 2020," 23 Nov. 2020 The fact Jones could see both the reflection in the mirror and the Kentucky depth chart didn’t help the Wildcats. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Rail thin and not game ready, why a young Mac Jones picked Alabama over UK," 19 Nov. 2020 This was it: like looking in a mirror, but heightened. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Marie Claire, "Where Are All the Modern-Day Big-Budget Lesbian Films?," 18 Nov. 2020 The script is also a marvel, with fragments of dialogue and actions repeating over the years – like motorists fighting or Mike playing with a hat in the mirror. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Climb’ is a triumph of quirky filmmaking," 13 Nov. 2020 The script is also a marvel, with fragments of dialogue and actions repeating over the years — like motorists fighting or Mike playing with a hat in the mirror. Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Climb’ review: Bromance is a triumph of quirky filmmaking," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Campus mutual aid networks mirror similar efforts that have sprung up in communities nationwide this year. Ezra Marcus, New York Times, "How College Students Are Helping Each Other Survive," 23 Nov. 2020 The results mirror those announced earlier this year from a similar study testing the shots versus the daily pills in gay men. NBC News, "Long-acting shot helps women avoid HIV infection better than daily pills," 9 Nov. 2020 The measures mirror Greece's spring lockdown that was credited with keeping the number of infections, deaths and serious COVID-19-related illnesses low. Star Tribune, "Greece imposes lockdown to avoid worst at hospitals," 5 Nov. 2020 The rising case numbers mirror a trend that’s playing out elsewhere in the state. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County reports 1,326 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, urges people to avoid Halloween gatherings," 31 Oct. 2020 As the world’s largest smartphone and memory chip maker, Samsung’s results often mirror the broader tides of the industry. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Samsung Posts Profit Increase as Pandemic Fuels Tech Demand," 29 Oct. 2020 His gliding hand mannerisms also mirror Porter’s movements on stage. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "The Masked Singer Mushroom Has To Be One Of These 3 Singers," 28 Oct. 2020 Efforts to recall Evers mirror former Republican Gov. Scott Walker's survival of a recall election in 2012. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Petition to recall Wisconsin governor circulates amid civil unrest," 1 Sep. 2020 The results mirror Live Nation’s earnings in the period: a 98% revenue decline, 95% in the concerts division and a net outflow -- because of refunds -- at Ticketmaster, resulting in a $431.9 million adjusted operating loss. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Ticketing Giant CTS Eventim's Quarterly Revenue Down 96% as Cash Reserves Grow," 21 Aug. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mirror.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirror. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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