Meaning of MIRROR in English


I. ˈmirə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English mirour, from Old French mireor, mireour, from mirer to look at, from Latin mirari to wonder at — more at smile



(1) : a polished or smooth substance that forms images by the reflection of light

the burnished mirror of his shield

the mountain reflected in the mirror of the lake

(2) : looking glass

picked up the mirror on her dressing table


(1) : something that resembles or acts as a mirror : something which gives a true representation or in which a true image may be visualized

art is a mirror whose facets reflect all kinds of current trends — Alan McCulloch

each life is the mirror of many others — Malcolm Cowley

the press as a mirror of public opinion — C.G.Bowers

(2) : something especially exemplary that may serve as a model

no modern building could act as a better mirror of functional needs … than this seventeenth-century Spanish mission — Liturgical Arts

2. : the speculum of a bird's wing

Synonyms: see model

- with mirrors

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to reflect or behold as in a mirror

its clear waters mirroring the dense swamp foliage — American Guide Series: Florida

the students' moods mirrored the weather — Better Homes & Gardens

2. : to serve as a model for : represent

a single city that mirrors so clearly the development and character of the Scottish community — R.E.Dickinson

the President mirrors the nation — Max Ascoli

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