- 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
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Examples from the Web for looking-glass
But only in a looking-glass world can the growth and business being generated by Apple be seen as anything but remarkable.Wall Street’s Irrational Negative Reaction to Apple’s Earnings Report
July 25, 2012
Besides (she angrily told her looking-glass), she didn't want to be forgiven.Little Dorrit
In a large number of stories the magic mirror is not a looking-glass at all.Storyology
She stopped before a looking-glass, annoyed at seeing herself so flushed.His Masterpiece
And, by twisting herself about in front of a looking-glass, she ended by catching a glimpse of it.L'Assommoir
Eric propped the letter against his looking-glass, as he began to dress.The Education of Eric Lane
- a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
- with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvya looking-glass world
sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
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Word Origin and History for looking-glass
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