mirror etymology

English word mirror comes from Old French mireor ("mirror"). Historically, it derives from Latin mīrus ("wonderful"), which itself gave rise to Latin mīror ("wonder at") and then Old French mirer ("look at") and eventually mireor ("mirror")

Detailed word origin of mirror

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mirus Latin (lat) Wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome.
miror Latin (lat) (transitive) I am astonished at, marvel at, admire, am amazed at, wonder at.
mirer Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To look at; to watch.
mireor Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (figuratively) a typical example. Mirror.
mirour Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Mirror.
mirror English (eng) (figuratively) an object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another.. (historical) A kind of political self-help book, advising kings, princes, etc. on how to behave.. (internet) A website or other online resource that contains replicated data.. A mirror carp.. A smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so [...]

Words with the same origin as mirror

Descendants of mirus
admirable admiration admire marvel marvellous miracle miraculous mirage