miracle

noun

mir·​a·​cle ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio)
1
: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
the healing miracles described in the Gospels
2
: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
The bridge is a miracle of engineering.
3
Christian Science : a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law

Example Sentences

She believed that God had given her the power to work miracles. It would take a miracle for this team to win. the miracle of his recovery These days, thanks to the miracle of television, we can watch events happening on the other side of the world.
Recent Examples on the Web The first time the U.S. men’s national team faced England in a World Cup, in 1950, a miracle occurred. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 24 Nov. 2022 Susan has a sharp mind and plenty of doubts about Santa Claus and needs a miracle to believe in him again. Sydni Ellis, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 To make one affordable for a household, let alone an individual, will take a miracle. WIRED, 22 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Queen is all set to make a miracle return to the chart. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2022 Zach Harrison made sure there was no Maryland miracle. Bill Rabinowitz, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2022 Edmond then recovered a fumble to stymie any hopes St. Joseph Academy had of a miracle finish. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Big plays on offense and defense from both teams, but Red Mountain wouldn’t let Brophy make a miracle in the end. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 That's because this tic-tac-toe game is completely portable—a Christmas miracle! Anna Logan, Country Living, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin mīrāculum, going back to Latin, "something amazing, marvel," from mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at" + -culum, suffix of instrument (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at admire

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miracle was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

miracle

noun

mir·​a·​cle ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio)
1
: an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the supernatural power of God
2
: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment

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