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looking glass

a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
the glass used in a mirror.
anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.
Origin of looking glass
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Besides (she angrily told her looking-glass), she didn't want to be forgiven.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In a large number of stories the magic mirror is not a looking-glass at all.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • She stopped before a looking-glass, annoyed at seeing herself so flushed.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • And, by twisting herself about in front of a looking-glass, she ended by catching a glimpse of it.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Eric propped the letter against his looking-glass, as he began to dress.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • There sat Kate before the looking-glass, with flushed cheeks and quivering mouth.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Out of a drawer under the looking-glass she took a string of pearls.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Hazarding the looking-glass, she thought that she could detect a livelier iris too.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • His wife turned toward the looking-glass nailed to the wall.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for looking-glass

looking glass

a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvy: a looking-glass world
Word Origin
sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for looking-glass

1520s, from looking (see look) + glass.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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