Meaning of MIRROR in English


/ ˈmɪrə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] a piece of special flat glass that reflects images, so that you can see yourself when you look in it :

He looked at himself in the mirror .

a rear-view mirror (= in a car, so that the driver can see what is behind)

( BrE )

a wing mirror (= on the side of a car)

( NAmE )

a side-view mirror

—picture at motorcycle


a ~ of sth [ sing. ] something that shows what sth else is like :

The face is the mirror of the soul.

■ verb [ vn ]


to have features that are similar to sth else and which show what it is like

SYN reflect :

The music of the time mirrored the feeling of optimism in the country.


to show the image of sb/sth on the surface of water, glass, etc.

SYN reflect :

She saw herself mirrored in the window.



Middle English : from Old French mirour , based on Latin mirare look at. Early senses also included a crystal used in magic and a person deserving imitation .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.